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So ladies and gentlemen at Ted we talk a lot about leadership and how to make a movement so let’s watch a movement happen start to finish in under three minutes and dissect some lessons from it first of course you  know a leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed but what he’s doing is so easy to follow so here’s his first follower with a crucial role he’s going to show everyone else how to follow now notice that the leader embraces him as an equal so now it’s not about the leader anymore it’s about them plural now there he is calling to his friends now if you notice that the first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in
itself takes guts to stand out like that the first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader and here comes a second follower now it’s not a lone nut it’s not two nuts three is a crowd and the crowd is news so a movement must be public it’s important to show not just the leader but the followers because you find that new followers emulate the followers not the leader now here come two more people and immediately after three more people now we’ve got momentum this is the tipping point now we’ve got a movement so notice that as more people join in it’s less risky so those that were sitting on the fence before now have no reason not to they won’t stand out they won’t be ridiculed but they will be part of the in-crowd if they hurry so over the next minute you’ll see all of the those that prefer to stick with the crowd because eventually they would be ridiculed for not joining in and that’s how you make a movement but let’s recap some lessons from this so first if you are the type like the shirtless dancing guy that is standing alone remember the importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals so it’s clearly about the movement not you okay but we might have missed the real lesson here the biggest lesson if you noticed did you catch it is that leadership is over-glorified that yes it was the shirtless guy was first and he’ll get all the credit but it was really the first follower that transformed the lone nut into a leader so as we’re told that we should all be leaders that would be really ineffective if you really care about starting a movement have the courage to follow and show others how to follow and when you find a lone nut doing something great have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in and what a perfect place to do that at Ted thanks you


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