Of course we are familiar with the Dancing Guy video, with almost 4 million views thus far on YouTube.
Derek Sievers interprets the video from a leadership point of view and has some interesting insights in his video.
He summarizes this video as a lesson in how a leader starts a movement. Firstly: “A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous.” He does simple, yet teachable skills which is key. “You must be easy to follow!”
The first follower is crucial to the movement since he must publicly show others how to follow. “Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural.” The first follower calls his friends to join in by standing out and displaying bravery. Through his actions he “…transforms a lone nut into a leader.”
The turning point, however, is the second follower. “Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.” Soon there is momentum and shortly thereafter a movement.
“As more people jump in, it’s no longer risky…. there’s no reason not to join now. They won’t be ridiculed, they won’t stand out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry.”
He later says “The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.” Have the courage to stand up and join the lone nut. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.
You can read the entire narrative at: http://sivers.org/ff
Building a Web business? Are you ready to be a leader, first follower or even a second follower? Then have the guts to stand out and show you are different and do not care that others do not believe you. Keep the faith if you know you are right. What goes around, comes around.