I can’t resist to publish a first post about follower in my Leadership Garden.
I always wanted to be first but, more and more, I find joy in following. All of you may probably know Derek Sivers’s video « How to start a movement ». It highlights the first follower greatness, without him the leader is just a « lone nut ».
have the courage to follow and show others how to follow
Moreover, great inventors always find ideas and inspiration in other’s work. Having the courage to follow is a unique way to really learn and improve yourself.
Do you want to start the journey toward leadership growth? Think to follow those steps:
1. Lead yourself into a continuous learner
As human beings, we need to connect and to interact. We need to learn from others, it begins when we are child, it must continue when we are adults. Learning relies on others.
2. Have the courage to follow
Listen to your gut and your values. Find great thinkers, writers or leaders. Start following them and learning from them. Don’t fall into the trap of blind follower-ship. Think by yourself and define your own way to follow. Be clear on the « why » you are following.
3. Show others how to follow
You know why you follow and how you follow. Explain to others with your words. Stay simple and humble. Always be open to new bees questions. Take time to revisit your assumptions it will help you to avoid the blindness trap.
Oh and by the way, you did it, you are now a leader. Keep going.