Why I Keep Sharing “The First Follower” As A Leadership Lesson

Over the years, I’ve probably passed this video on to well over a hundred people. It’s a short, simple lesson in leadership and, just as importantly, follwership. The core lesson is that the most important person to a movement is the first follower. That first follower transforms the lone nut into a leader.

But what strikes me the most about this video is the lesson that the leader needs to embrace that first follower as an equal, inviting them into the movement and making it easy for them to invite others. The leader needs to make it all about the movement and not himself.

I wonder if Derek Sivers realized that he was following his own advice by making an easy to share, three-minute video. Or if he was unconsciously practicing what he preached?

In any case, I invite you to become part of the movement and share this with others.

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