Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Do you know a lone nut?



We can't all be leaders.

The bulk of us have to follow someone, or something.

Do you have the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous? Are you easy to follow? Is it about you or is it about them? Do you embrace others as equals?

Do you have the guts to be the first follower? Do you appreciate other first followers as an intricate part of leadership? Do you have the guts to help transform a lone nut into a leader? Will you be that first spark for that lone nut's flint?

Do you have it in you to make two nuts a crowd? Will you make news by joining two nuts and making a movement? Do you have the courage to make your actions public so that new followers can follow you and not just the leader?

At what stage will you move to be a part of the momentum? What side of the tipping point are you on? Do you calculate the risk and get off the fence only when more people have joined than those not who have not?

Do you hurry to become a part of the 'in' crowd? At what point will your resistance to a movement leave you on the outside looking in?

Not all movements are good movements. There are plenty of Ghandis in the world, but there are also Mussolinis.

Do you have the courage to think for yourself? To be a part of the Ghandis? To resist the Mussolinis?

Do you know a lone nut? Are you prepared to be their first follower - turning that them into a leader?

There is no movement without the first follower.

Now go be one.



Thanks to Kirsten Olsen who introduced me to this video in this post.

1 comment:

  1. I just showed this video today to my leadership class. What a coincidence!
    It's a great, short, anecdotal way to teach a very meaningful lesson.
    You asked, "At what stage will you move to be a part of the momentum? What side of the tipping point are you on?"
    This relates to the agents of change model: trailblazer, leader, early adopter, late adopter, and resister. This model, as with the video, acknowledges that the very first person doing something is not necessarily the leader (instead a lone nut), rather the first followers lead the way for the later agents of change.
    I really like the lesson that the trailblazer needs to embrace and show equality among the first follower(s) in order to demonstrate it is about the movement, not the lone nut.
    Great post!

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