TED: Who’s the real leader of your movement? Your first supporter!

Take three minutes right now to stop whatever you’re doing (oh, wait–you’re reading this blog; well, wait a second and then take three minutes) and watch this video.

It’s flat out brilliant.

In three minutes, Derek Sivers shows How To Start A Movement, and the lessons are supremely applicable to Transformational Giving.

Among Sivers’ insights:

  • The most important person in the growth of a movement is not the leader; instead, it’s the first follower. New followers emulate that follower, not the leader.
  • This is why it’s crucial for the leader to embrace the first few followers as equals. This ensures that the movement is really about the movement, not the leader.
  • Movements must be public, which means that the relationship between follower and follower is at least as key as the relationship between the leader and each follower.

First followership, notes Sivers, is an underestimated form of leadership. In TG parlance, we’d say that movements are spread by Owner-level champions, not by the founder-coach.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Seoul USA, a multinational, multicultural ministry supporting the work of the indigenous underground church in North Korea and the spreading of historic underground Christian discipleship practices worldwide. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Mrs. Foley oversee a far-flung staff in the US and across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. Pastor Foley is Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service. He is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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4 Responses to TED: Who’s the real leader of your movement? Your first supporter!

  1. Matt says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing.

    Matt

  2. Don says:

    I appreciate the simplicity of the illustration and the wisdom. In working this out, however, I see a long-term challenge that is beyond the scope of the clip. A growing crowd is irrelevant if they are not eventually touched and motivated at a deeper level. While I agree that the first follower is critical, the leader must step up and disciple others or the crowd will quickly fade away. That’s what makes working out TG principles over time so critical – and takes much more wisdom, effort, and grace than drawing a crowd. Thanks for your blog – it’s helping my journey!

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