Derick Sivers (sivers.org) has some great insights on leadership – all garnered from watching a shirtless man dancing at a music festival.
We literally watch a movement start with one person out there baring his soul and his bad dancing with everyone to see. But doing it with a passion and an abandon that is compelling. This act of enthusiastic dancing draws another to emulate him. Now it is more than just one crazy dancer, maybe there is something there. Then the third person joins in, and now it is definitely something more. People start looking at this as something different. It is something that they could do to. Something that looks, not so much like a crazy man dancing, but something that is fun and free. In fact, as you watch what happens after that, you might just call it a movement.
And friends, as Arlo Guthrie states in Alice’s Restaurant:
“And the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say “Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.” And walk out.
You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.”
So lets go start a movement – will you be the first to dance or the first to follow?