How to start a Movement

Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

In 2010 at a TED Conference Derek Sivers showed a 3 minutes clip about a guy dancing at a festival. The clip is not only entertaining to watch – it shows how movements get started!


Link to TED.com

Derek Sivers points out:

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 the key. You must be easy to follow.

So, if we want to start a movement and become leaders, we have to be public and have to be easy to follow. Sivers says “Leadership is over-glorified, it was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader – the best way to make a movement is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

This is exactly what I see in my blog. There is a movement of people who want to improve themselves and others. People and great minds writing articles and doing talks to support and teach others, people who share those thoughts or even work with/on those thoughts and in the end people who get in touch with them and possibly get interested and talk about those thoughts as well. And so on …

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.

This scheme can be well transferred to almost any situation.

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