Congratulations to Dr. Noelle Baird!

Noelle Baird successfully defended her PhD dissertation, which focused on developing and validating a measure of transformational followership. Leaders are often valorized for their achievements. However, leaders cannot exist in the absence of followers. In the knowledge era of work, perhaps now more than ever, we find ourselves navigating between roles of leading and following.┬áNoelle’s work illustrates how followers can positively contribute to the leadership process through productive, generative, and motivating interactions with their leader. Over the course of three phases, Noelle developed and evaluated the content validity, structural validity, and external validity of a multidimensional measure of transformational followership entailing partnership, intellectual stimulation, and inspirational motivation. This work offers a theory-driven approach to measure the positive impact of followers on their leaders, which can be used in future research and in practice by organizations (https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/9808/).