Book Club Discussion: Leading So People Will Follow

Book Club Discussion: Leading So People Will Follow

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Join Michelle Brownlee, Assistant Director of Philanthropic Prospect Development at Children's Mercy Kansas City, in a guided book club discussion to dive into the book, Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen, a unique take on leadership from a popular Forbes blogger and nationally-known leadership coach. 

Leading So People Will Follow explores the six leadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully support their leaders. Using Erika Andersen’s proven framework, new leaders and veterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in a way that creates loyalty, commitment, and results. Step by step, Andersen lays out six key attributes (far-sightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness) and gives leaders the tools for developing them. This innovative book offers a practical guide for building the skills to become a truly 'followable' leader.

  • Filled with examples from forward-thinking organizations such as Apple, NBC Universal, Union Square Hospitality Group, and MTV Networks
  • Maps out the six attributes of leadership
  • Includes a free online Followable Leader assessment
  • Author Erika Andersen is one of Forbes' most popular bloggers and coaches some of the most successful leaders in America
  • Using self-assessments, real-world examples, and concrete tools, Leading So People Will Follow helps build timeless core skills that work for leaders in any field. (Google Books)

Participants are encouraged to complete at least one of the two self-assessments in addition to reading the book prior to the session. 

Please note: A copy of the book is not provided as part of this session. Check your local library (via Hoopla) for the free unabridged audio version.

Michelle Brownlee (Moderator)

Assistant Director of Prospect Development

Children's Mercy Kansas City

Michelle discovered her passion for prospect research (and a practical use for her history degree!) while working on a capital campaign at Harvesters-The Community Food Network. Upon completion of the campaign, she established a prospect development program at Harvesters and became one of the first full-time prospect researchers in the Feeding America network.   

Michelle’s 20-year career in prospect development has spanned human services, higher education, and now children’s healthcare. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Prospect Development at Children’s Mercy.   

Michelle is a member of the Apra Missouri-Kansas board of directors as program development chair and is co-chair of the Woodmark Group’s Prospect Development Cohort. She currently serves as a member of Apra International’s Leadership Task Force and is co-chair the 2022 Apra Plug-In to Leadership. 

Michelle is the Events committee chair for Orpheus KC, a new audiences group for the Lyric Opera, and has volunteered with the Kansas City Food Circle, PCOS Challenge, Harvesters, Show Me KC Schools, and the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project.

Michelle earned a BA in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In her spare time, she is a voracious reader, crafter, trivia nerd, and aspiring gardener. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, and the foodie scene, both locally and wherever she travels. 


Book Club Discussion: Leading So People Will Follow
11/02/2022 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  55 minutes
11/02/2022 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  55 minutes