First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Official transcript at sivers.org — If you’ve learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons: A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he’s doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. This is key. You must be easy to follow! Now comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone how to follow. Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural. Notice he’s calling to his friends to join in. It takes guts to be a first follower! You stand out and brave ridicule, yourself. Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire. The 2nd follower is a turning point: it’s proof the first has done well. Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news. A movement must be public. Make sure outsiders see more than just the leader. Everyone needs to see the followers, because new followers emulate followers – not the leader. Now here come 2 more, then 3 more. Now we’ve got momentum. This is the tipping point! Now we’ve got a movement! As more people jump in, it’s no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there’s no reason not to join now. They won’t be ridiculed, they won’t stand

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32 Comments to “First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy”

  1. its amazing that all this took place in 2:58.

  2. @pliskin100 @pliskin100 Amazing!!! The way your mind works. You interpreted my statement in such an absolute black or white sort of way. You interpreted my being critical of following, to mean that I think “following anything, regardless of what it is, is a bad thing” when the point I was making is to learn to think critically and not to BLINDLY follow. Critical thinking teaches us to question assumptions. Your interpretation of my statement was an assumption.

  3. Critical thinking, in general, refers to higher-order thinking that questions assumptions. It is a way of deciding whether a claim is true, false, or sometimes true and sometimes false, or partly true and partly false. You should try it.

    However, looking at all the negative comments on your channel from all the people that you have upset, it seems that you are a troll. Maybe even a paid troll. If not a paid troll then it’s a waist. You like to argue, why not become a lawyer?

  4. @phrygian20 That’s kind of stupid that you think following anything, regardless of what it is, is a bad thing. Judging by your thinly veiled stab at religion, i’m going to go ahead and say that you’re either a hipster or a neck beard.

  5. the later you follow… especially if you join in because you don’t want to look uncool… the more you become a sheep ;-)!

  6. @pliskin100 Yes. Unfortunately you are right. Following does not teach us critical thinking Nor independence and does not help us overcome our inherent flaws such as social identity and cognitive dissonance. When your a follower sometimes you get a benevolent, positive & just leader and sometimes you get a sociopathic dictator or cult leader who has crafted a veneer to look benevolent.

  7. @90talisten I feel the same. I am your first follower.

  8. Great dialogue in the voice, but the video visual was really hard to watch – too much coffee that day?
    Never the less, I got the message, thanks!

  9. @pliskin100 yes but i tempt to see them a lot 🙂 but its as simple as this !

  10. Did anyone else see a Hitler analogy here?

  11. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on leadership through this video!

  12. TOO MANY SHEEPLE IN THIS WORLD…..

  13. The third guy cracks me up!

  14. @hypercub in reference to this video, there was no discrimination, the speaker said that those that didn’t join in felt they would be ridiculed if they didn’t join in, it wasn’t said they were discriminated against. they chose to sit and watch, they weren’t forced. anything they ‘felt’ was from themselves, not from outside ‘forces’. stay on the grass, so what? if your atheism is real and you sincerely follow it, then what do you care who joins you or who doesn’t? if you do care-why?

  15. @flandmines1 and if you see a big crowd doing something witch is wrong, have the guts to be the first person to stand up against it…

  16. Thats how christianity started also…..and all I wanted is to stay sitting on the grass and enjoy the beautifull day, but then, out of nowhere, I’m beeing discriminated as an atheist !?!?!?!?!

  17. WHere is this?

  18. Daish Daish Daish

  19. I like this,

  20. COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THE NAME OF THIS SONG?

  21. @tthasiqueira It was a royalty free piece that we bought from an independent. Our video guy couldn’t find the name of it though.

  22. Hello, I loved your video about leadership. I would like to know what the name of the music that you used in this video. Please! Tks. (I left this same comment in your channel. But, I will leave here for precaution.) I’m waiting…

  23. THUMBS UP :-bd

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  26. Leadership definitely begins by taking care of yourself. How can we inspire followership if we aren’t inspired enough to take care of ourselves? We have to start at the beginning, that is, self-esteem. Now, how do we get there? Well, the only way is through self-knowledge & personal growth. I invite you to check out my channel & watch the titles “Do You Want to Be a Leader? Grow up!” and “Self-knowledge, Personal Growth & Self-realization”. BTW, I’d love to get your feedback. Best to all!

  27. Great quotes ! ! !

  28. @sensetiveclimber Steven J. Stowell said it.

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  30. Who is it that said the quote: A leader believes in you and gets you to believe in yourself

  31. AWESOME VIDEO, I MUST say! (Y) 🙂

  32. 133,7xx’th view
    WooHoo!
    Its a good time to be a leader/follower!

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