I recently became a fan of The Walking Dead on AMC. Even if you've never watched the show, you should be able to guess what it's about just from the title: it's yet another show about the "zombie apocalypse."
Zombies are almost a staple in Halloween lore, and now a popular Internet meme. And oddly, that leads me to a few leadership lessons from zombies. I sometimes like to look at things from different viewpoints to see what we can learn about leadership. Zombies provide an excellent lens for leading teams and building momentum behind your vision:
1. Zombies make it easy to join the group.
Whether you prefer the super-fast zombies from 28 Days Later or the traditional shambling kind, everyone agrees that a bite from a zombie is all it takes to turn you into one of the zombie horde. Twist that idea to how your form teams. Do you make it really easy for new folks to get in on the idea?
2. One zombie is easy to defeat; a herd of zombies is unstoppable.
When only one person is touting a new idea, it's not uncommon for that idea to get shot down. But if you can amass some support around the vision, and get lots of people behind it, that momentum will often carry the idea forward no matter what obstacles get in the way. Watch any zombie movie for proof. One zombie? Easy to take out. But a bunch of zombies—even a herd of the shambling undead—is nigh unstoppable.
3. Zombies have a clear vision statement.
Where are you going with your idea? What is the vision behind it? Does everyone on your team understand the "end vision" and how to get there? Zombies understand this on an "instinctual" level. And you have to admit, "Braaaaaaaaains" is a simple yet effective vision statement that every zombie can comprehend.