The other day I came across this insightful video about what it means to be a leader, a follower and how to create a movement. The video, “How to Start a Movement” features Derek Sivers and was featured as a TED talk back in 2010.
What’s interesting about Sivers’ analysis is that with a movement typically it is the leader who gets all the glory, when really it is the first follower who is responsible for establishing the leader as such and creating the overall movement.
As Sivers notes, while the leader has to have the guts to stand out, it is the first follower who is crucial in showing everyone how easy is to follow along and turns the so called “lone nut” into a leader. That first follower is an underestimated form of leadership.
What’s the main take away from this video? When you are inspired to be a leader, remember that you have to nuture your first few followers and treat them as an equal. Know that you have to make it about the cause, and not about you.
AND be conscious of the fact that it is the first follower who transforms the lone nut into a leader, and is the one who is courageous enough to follow in the first place and show others how to follow suit.
So, will you be a leader or the first follower?