On leadership.

 

Derek Sivers gave an interesting TED talk on leadership. Great video that really breaks down the process of starting a movement.

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My notes:

  1. A leader needs the guts to stand out and look ridiculous (most of us know this already).
  2. But what really was the key takeaway for me was:
    You must be EASY TO FOLLOW
    What you do should be SO SIMPLE, it should be ALMOST INSTRUCTIONAL.
  3. The first follower has a crucial role: He publicly shows everyone else how to follow. Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. Like the leader, the first follower needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed. The first follower TRANSFORMS a lone nut into a leader.
  4. The leader must embrace and nurture his first follower as an equal. This is where the leader should check his ego at the door – it should never be about the leader or the follower, it should always be ABOUT THE CAUSE.
  5. The second follower is the turning point – and it’s PROOF that the first follower has done well.
  6. NEW followers emulate followers, NOT the leader.
  7. As more people jump in and start following, it’s no longer risky to join in on the movement.
  8. Leadership is over-glorified. The leader may get all the credit, but it is the first follower that transforms the lone nut into a leader. There is no movement without the first follower.
  9. If you are not the leader, the best way to make a movement (if you really care) is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

Here’s the video:

 

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