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Derek Sivers Offers a Great Lesson in Leadership: A First Follower is Needed to Create a Movement

February 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Ideas

Derek Sivers offers a great commentary to the following video about what it takes to create a movement.

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.

I think Sivers’ unique perspective on this popular video is brilliant and the thousands of mentions of his post show that I am not the only one who feels this way. However, there is a second equally value lesson here. Many of us saw and enjoyed this video but Sivers was the only one who described the importance of that first follower. Everyone else seemed to focus on the leader.

Ideas often work like this. We can all see the exact same situation but it takes someone willing to look at it in a different way and put a unique spin on it to make it into a marketable idea. That is often what creativity is about. It often takes an outside perspective to really find creative solutions. Instead of focusing on what is there, it can be enlightening to look at what isn’t there.

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Comment by Jeff
2010-03-18 06:37:41

This is such an awesome video. Derek actually inspired me to create a social movement to unleash ideas and build networks by doing 5-minute well prepared talks that are thought provoking, inspirational, and fun. I am up to six followers now and I am blogging about the experience. Going through the process I can totally relate to the lone nut and the importance of getting that first follower.

 
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