How To Start A Movement

Are you trying to start a movement? If so then you need to watch this TED talk from Derek Sivers.

In under 3 minutes, Derek shows us how a movement happens, deconstructs the event, and shares a number of important lessons for leaders.   Here are three points that are noteworthy.

  1. Leaders have the guts to stand out and be ridiculed - If you want to lead a movement then you have to put yourself out there.  Leaders possess the ability to take risks and learn quickly from their failures - they are courageous, resilient, patient, and open to learning from their experiences.  If you are a leader who wants to start a movement you must be willing to fail and be criticized.  You must be open to the feedback others will inevitably give you and persistently pursue your vision.
  2. You must nurture your first few followers and treat them as equals - A movement is not about a single individual - it is about us.  If you want to bring about large scale change you need to embrace your first followers - even if they don’t perfectly see your vision - and allow them to express themselves in their way.  Far too often, leaders kill their own movements by ignoring the early contributions of others.  Movements fail when leaders are not open to the unique contributions of their first followers.
  3. Follower’s transform the lone nut into a leader - Derek makes a great point when he says that leadership is overrated.  Leadership isn’t the only thing that starts movements.  Movements are started by followers - groups of people who join together to work toward a common cause.  When two or three people have the courage to join a leader they turn a lone nut into a leader and the movement is born.

Question:  What were your takeaways from this video?