We are the first followers

February 17, 2010

I’ve been having a hard time getting Derek Siver’s Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy talk out of my head. ┬áHere’s something to fill 3 whole minutes of your day:

If you prefer to read, Derek posted the full transcript here, but I’ll excerpt the Big Idea for you:

It was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader.

There is no movement without the first follower.

We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

Leadership is hard, and it requires going out of your comfort zone. Way out, at least more than you feel comfortable doing. Hence the term “comfort zone.”

The thing is, we’re not the leaders in most things we do. Someone else, or generally thousands if not millions of someone elses, have done this stuff before, we’re probably modelling one or more of these people, and there’s a good chance that people you talk to have heard of those other people well before they ever found out that you’re into veganism, conscious living, raw foods, nude gardening, or whatever passion it is that floats your particular boat.

It’s OK that we’re not the leaders. We’re more likely the first or second follower, at least in our geography. I think that’s a little easier to deal with – certainly more comfortable, don’t you agree?

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Helen December 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

Love it!!! This is awesome! Nothing wrong with being a follower!

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