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Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy - How to start a movement

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Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy If you've learned a lot about leadership and making a movement then let's watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes and dissect some lessons: First, of course, a leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he's doing is so simple it's almost instructional. This is key. You must be easy to follow! Now here comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone else how to follow. Notice how the leader embraces him as an equal so it's not about the leader anymore - it's about them, plural. Notice how 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. Now here's the 2nd follower. This is a turning point: it's proof the first has done well. Now it's not a lone nut, and it's not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news. 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. Now here come 2 more people, then 3 more immediately. Now we've got momentum. This is the tipping point! And now we have a movement! As more people jump in, it's no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there's no reason not to join in now. They won't stand out, they won't be ridiculed, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry. Over the next minute you'll see the rest who prefer to stay part of the crowd because eventually they'd be ridiculed for not joining. And ladies and gentlemen that is how a movement is made! So let's recap what we've learned: If you are a version of the shirtless dancing guy, all alone remember the importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals making everything clearly about the movement, not you. Be public. Be easy to follow! But the biggest lesson here... did you catch it? Leadership is over-glorified. Yes, it started with the shirtless guy, and he'll get all the credit but you saw what really happened: 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. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in. Transcription by Linguistic Team International: http://forum.linguisticteam.org

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Duration: 2 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Derek Sivers
Director: Derek Sivers
Views: 774
Posted by: tzmgermany on Nov 13, 2011

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Original video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA8z7f7a2Pk

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