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The First Follower - Dancing With The Leader

Leadership is the special ingredient for successful organizations-education settings included. Different scenarios demand different kinds of leadership. A scan of the environment is crucial to knowing what type of leadership is required.

In all situations, it is desired that others will follow the leader’s philosophy and practice to reach established goals. This is a key note because without the followers the expected objectives will not be reached.

Friend and colleague, Ron Canuel, talked about the essence of the ‘first’ follower and how important is that person’s role. He turned me on to the YouTube video, “The Dancing Guy,”which explains it all. The leader can appear to be a whacky, ‘out there’, kind of thinker and doer. He/She will stand alone for a while in that space until the ‘first follower’ comes along and adopts the leaders’ thinking and doing. The latter’s behavior speaks volumes to other members of the organizational community. That first follower ubiquitously sends messages like, ‘it’s okay’, ‘I didn’t get hurt’, ‘it’s kind of fun’, ‘I can put my own spin on it’, ‘c’mon, join in’.

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