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Where have all the followers gone? / Kempster, Steve; Schedlitzki, Doris; Edwards, Gareth.

In: Leadership, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.01.2021, p. 118-128.

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Kempster, S, Schedlitzki, D & Edwards, G 2021, 'Where have all the followers gone?', Leadership, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 118-128. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742715020983223

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Kempster, S., Schedlitzki, D., & Edwards, G. (2021). Where have all the followers gone? Leadership, 17(1), 118-128. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742715020983223

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Kempster S, Schedlitzki D, Edwards G. Where have all the followers gone? Leadership. 2021 Jan 1;17(1):118-128. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742715020983223

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Kempster, Steve ; Schedlitzki, Doris ; Edwards, Gareth. / Where have all the followers gone?. In: Leadership. 2021 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 118-128.

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