How to start a movement

Here’s a brilliant 3-minute look at leadership from  the February 2010 TED Conference. Watch a shirtless dancing guy create a movement in minutes.

TED Talk: The First Follower transforms the nut into a leader.

The key lessons:

  1. A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. Be happy being a nut!
  2. He must be easy to follow. Remember the importance of nurturing the first few followers as equals. Make everything clearly about the movement, not yourself.
  3. The First Follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. The later followers emulate the First Follower, not the leader.
  4. Be public. Be easy to follow.
  5. Leadership is over glorified. It is the First Follower that transforms a nut into a leader. There is no movement without the first follower.

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One response to “How to start a movement”

  1. I would love to win this contest for my yosengut daughter who is now 17 she is one of the most amazing people I know. She gets 4.0’s, is in Big Brother Big Sisters, works at the zoo, and helps to take care of me and the house since I have had MS for over 20 years. She has won so many awards I have lost count and has been the student of the year for her whole class for the last two years. I really pray to win this for her. She is so amazing for her age

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