First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy



If you've learned a lot about leadership
and making a movement, then let's watch a movement happened start to finish in under three 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 out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry. Over the next minute you'll see the rest who prefer to be part of the crowd, because eventually they'd be ridiculed for not joining. And ladies and gentlemen that is how a movement is made! Let's recap what we learned: If you are a version of the shirtless dancing guy, all alone, remember the importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals, making everything clarly about the movement, not you. Be public. Be easy to follow! But the biggest lesson here… … did you catch it? Leadership is over-glorified. Yes it started with the shirtless guy, and he'll get all the credit, but you saw what really happened: It was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader. There is no movement without the first follower. We're told we all need to be leaders be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.

Maurice Vega

39 Responses

  1. 1)Be consistent people will start following you

    2)80%+ people don't take risk

    3)If you have more followers then you will get more followers

    4)Counting always begins from one

  2. Classic! My dad told me, "If you want to be successful in Show Business, You can't be afraid of making a fool of yourself".

    I've posted this before, but it's always worth re-posting it.

    It reminds me of what my dad said.

  3. i never wanted to watch this but i got in trouble so my mom made me watch this and i thought it was funny and i had to write a essay about this

  4. A prime example of why politics and religion (and worse political religion) should be restricted to the over 30's. Let the young have a good time and find themselves before they commit to a lifetime of disappointment.

  5. i got dizzy from this parkinson cameraman. When you upload videos like this use some programs to stabilize them.

  6. This video shows the same thing happening! Narration taken from Sivers' insights :):) He inspired us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgi7h3Ba8IU

  7. So without ridicule and embarrassment we could all be our own leader. But yet we wait for a leader to lead the way. Pretty much just live life the way you want, and if others feel the same, accept them without ridiculing them or making them feel embarrassed. Make them feel welcome no matter what. Everyone wants a place to belong, and all it takes is one. "I can stand up and dance, go home and sleep, wake up the next day and remember the fun I've had" or "I think I should just sit down. My dance moves are pretty bad, and I don't want to embarrass myself". Sees other people joining in and being accepted no matter who they are "Fuck it, that just looks way too much fun to turn down".

    You end up making a lot of friends when you just accept everyone. They'll remember that too and pass it on. Good stuff, man. Never took a leadership course or anything like that. Just watching and learning.

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  9. 8 years later I still find this video incredibly inspiring. Notice how the momentum never slow down, in fact it gets bigger and bigger.

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