How Leaders Start Movements

3 Minute Lesson on Movements

In this 3 minute TedTalk, Derek Sivers analyzes how leaders start movements.

Leaders need to do something that sets them apart from everyone else, but the leader needs to recognize their first followers and the crucial role they play. By nurturing their first followers and treating them as equals, it becomes less about the leader and more about the movement.


“The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” -Derek Sivers


Below are some of the lessons we learn from Derek about movements and leadership.

A leader:

  • Stands out
  • Risks ridicule
  • Embraces followers as equals
  • Demonstrates a willingness to be public

Derek shares that “the first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” In many ways, the first follower is also very much a leader.

Have the courage to stand up. Be willing to join in.


“A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.” –Mark Brouwer


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