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 Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. 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 Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

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

  1. Matt says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing.


  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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s