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Lead and Follow: The Dance of Inspired Teamwork

Lead and Follow: The Dance of Inspired Teamwork

We understand the importance of great leadership, but what about its counterpart—great followership? Lead & Follow reveals the overlooked strength and subtlety of the follower’s role through the striking metaphor of tango, a dance of one leader and one follower.

Learning to follow well can give employees a deep sense of purpose, bring out the best in managers and supervisors, and accelerate creative innovation. When paired with familiar aspects of leadership, skillful followership can help teams synchronize quickly and produce superior results.

In her three-part coaching model, dancer Sharna Fabiano demonstrates how to bring the powerful and complementary leader/follower principles of tango into the workplace. An abundance of practical strategies and self-inquiry exercises will help professionals, educators, and teams collaborate more successfully.

Pages: 208
Pub Date: 02-14-2021
Softcover: 16.95 9781646632794
Hardcover: 25.95 9781646632817


Sharna Fabiano is an internationally recognized tango artist. Over the course of her twenty-year dance career she toured over a dozen countries, designed partner-based movement courses for undergraduates, and founded a nonprofit tango school in Washington, DC. She is an outspoken advocate for the study of both leading and following roles independent of gender, a training practice that builds empathy, inclusion, and creativity. Sharna brings her deep understanding of the leader/follower dynamic in social dance into the professional sphere with original coaching programs that help professionals and teams collaborate more successfully. Sharna earned her MFA in dance from UCLA and lives in Los Angeles.

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