Bill Clebsch (Associate Vice President IT Services, Stanford University) shared this link with me, and I'd like to share it with you. The concept is the "first follower". Being a leader takes a willingness to stand apart, to take risks - but so does the "first follower", aka the "early adopter".
Early adopters, or first followers, set themselves apart from the crows, to do something different. Watch this video of a dancing guy, who eventually gets an entire crowd to dance with him, as one example of a leader, the first follower, and what it takes to get people to join in.
Some key points:
- To be a leader, nurture your followers as equals.
- Make it about the followers, not you.
- Be public.
- Be easy to follow.
- Leadership is over-glorified; there is no "movement" without the first follower.