We glorify leadership and encourage everyone to be leaders. There are hundreds of books on leadership, a plethora of expensive leadership consultants, and even a pithy saying about being the lead dog in the sled.
But we can’t all be leaders. After all, then there would be no one to follow the leaders. And without followers, leaders cannot implement any change.
But isn’t it easy to be a follower? Don’t you just do whatever the leader tells you to do?
In case you didn’t watch the video, his key points are:
- The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.
- The best way to create a movement is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.
- Everyone needs to see the followers, because new followers emulate followers – not the leader.
It’s a compelling thought: The best way to lead might be to follow.
Although Derek doesn’t point it out, there’s also a lesson here for leaders. I found another video of the same event but taken from a different angle. In the second version, we see that the person was dancing alone for a long time before the first follower joined in; much longer than it seems from the video above.
As a leader, you have to be willing to dance by yourself for a long time. You have to stick to your mission. So make sure your mission is one that you enjoy and believe in.
(Video h/t to Bob)