Nicodemus An Exemplar of Courageous Followership

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Richard Mark Bell


The potential impact of courageous followership is studied as the mechanism whereby individual group members overcome groupthink. A qualitative method was employed to examine the historical figure Nicodemus who held membership in a group plagued by groupthink. Findings of the study include that Nicodemus did demonstrate courageous followership, contradicting previous understandings of his historical context, and courageous followership is a useful mechanism for overcoming groupthink at the individual level. A discussion of the findings includes nine distinct recommendations for leaders, followers, and groups. Future research possibilities are noted.


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Bell, R. (2018). Nicodemus. Theology of Leadership Journal, 1(2), 6-29. Retrieved from