First a leader begins to act on an idea. The leader needs to have the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous, but what his doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. This is ‘Key’ must be easy to follow.
A first follower comes and joins; this is crucial; he publically shows everyone else how to follow.
When the two meet, the leader embraces the follower as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore. It’s about them. The follower then starts to call out to his friends to join in.
It takes guts to be the first follower, you standout and brave through ridicule yourself.
Being a follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transform alone nut into a leader.
If the leader is the flint the first follower is the spark that really makes the fire.
Another follower joins in, this is a turning point, proof that the first has done well. Now it’s not alone nut, it’s not two nuts, three is a crowed and crowed is news.
A MOVEMENT MUST BE PUBLIC. MAKE SURE OUTSIDERS SEE MORE THAN JUST THE LEADER. EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THE FOLLOWER BECAUSE FOLLOWERS EMULATE FOLLOWERS NOT THE LEADER.
Then comes two more people who join in and then three more immediately after. Now you have momentum. This is the tipping point where a movement is formed. As more people join in its no longer risky if there were others who were on the fence about joining in. But now there is no reason not to join in because, NOW THEY WILL NOT STANDOUT, WONT BE RIDICULED; AND THEY WILL BE PART OF THE ‘IN CROWED’ IF THEY HURRY.
OVER TIME YOU WILL SEE THE REST WHO PREFER NOT TO JOIN IN, JOIN IN; BECAUSE EVENTUALLY THEY’D BE RIDICULED FOR NOT JOINING IN
IF YOU ARE A VERSION OF THE LEADER; ACTING ON AN IDEA ALL ALONE. REMEMBER TO NURTURE THE FIRST FEW FOLLOWERS AS EQUALS MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MOVEMENT AND NOT ABOUT YOU. BE PUBLIC AND EASY TO FOLLOW.
BUT THE BIGGEST LESSON HERE IS, LEADERSHIP IS OVERRATED AND OVER GLORIFIED.
IT IS STARTED WITH THE LEADER, AND HE MAY GET ALL THE CREDIT. BUT IT WAS THE FIRST FOLLOWER THAT TRANSFORMED THE CRAZY NUT INTO A LEADER.
THERE IS NO MOVEMENT WITHOUT THE FIRST FOLLOWER.
WE ARE ALL TOLD OR WANT TO BE LEADERS, WHICH WILL BE VERY INEFFECTIVE.
cause the best way to make a movement if you really care is to courageously follow, and show others how to follow. When you find alone NUT doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in!