We don’t need more leaders… we need more first followers.
Thank you to my friend Jenny Luca, who reminded me of this video clip.
It is NOT about being the leader and raking in the “glory” or being the “lone nut” out there.
A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he’s doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. […]
Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural. Notice he’s calling to his friends to join in. It takes guts to be a first follower! You stand out and brave ridicule, yourself. Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.
[…]A movement must be public. Make sure outsiders see more than just the leader. Everyone needs to see the followers,
because new followers emulate followers – not the leader.