I am an organisational development and communications professional based in Adelaide, Australia.
I believe organisations need good followers and good leaders. We need a holistic understanding of success. I bring a research-based, expert understanding of followership. My skills are in planning, making connections between people and ideas, engaging written and interpersonal communication, and the ability to listen.
Relationships are fundamental to working well together. I have worked effectively with CEOs and senior managers, students, academic and professional colleagues, and members of professional and community groups.
I plan, strategise, and then implement to make sure goals are achieved and deadlines are met. I can see the big picture as well as the detail of how to get where we need to. I finish what I start.
Integrity is important to me in my relationships and in the organisations and causes I align myself to.
My skills in communication and connecting people, information and ideas can help you with:
My research into followership and ability to translate academic findings into professional practice sets me apart.
My experience includes research, communications, project management, planning and review, providing strategic advice to senior managers, training design, workshop facilitation and mentoring, as well as leadership in professional and community groups.
Followership is a necessary, but misunderstood, part of leadership in organisations. My PhD research into followership and leadership explains how leaders and followers achieve success together. It challenges how we often think about workplace relationships and roles.
A better understanding of followership, followership behaviours, and the contribution followership makes to organisations, has implications for reward and recognition, recruitment and selection of employees who contribute by following well, and professional development of both followers and leaders.
"Ruth is doing really ground-breaking research to better understand followers and followership in organizations. …I suspect that understanding and developing good followers in organizations may actually be a secret key to success, and every bit as important as leadership development. Ruth's research sheds important insights into this phenomenon of followership." Professor Ingrid Fulmer.
Interviewed for hrm online.Read article
Conversation with Sharna Fabiano, author of Lead & Follow: the dance of inspired teamwork.Listen to podcast
Conversation with Seriously Social host Simone Douglas.Listen to podcast
"interesting and useful" "a significant missing piece of the leadership puzzle" "informative and engaging"
At the end of the workshop participants
Positive participant feedback and repeated requests for delivery.
A year-long structured professional development program for emerging leaders within UniSA International. Three quarters of participants achieved a career success within six months of completing the program.
A 24 month project for a community group to identify where it should commit effort and resources over the short to medium term to help ensure that in 10 and 20 years time it remains vibrant and relevant.
A planned, sustained, coordinated response to staff attitude surveys which resulted in improvements across each of the 68 survey variables. Staff satisfaction showed statistically significant improvement, and the unit was placed in the top quartile of organisations within the survey provider’s database.
Adam Thompson, Network Convenor - Organisational Design and Development SA
Professor Ingrid Fulmer
Stepping Up participants and mentors
WorkSmart Workshop Participants
Student evaluation of teaching comments
Planning workshop, Marketing and Development team, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Flinders University
Gabrielle Rolan Director International, University of South Australia
Human following and leading in the workplace.Read Blog