How to Start a Movement: Leadership Is Overrated

Last Updated Apr 2, 2010 8:07 AM EDT

Gallons of ink have been spilled figuring out the role of the leader in creating a movement, but in a short but sweet three minute talk at TED musician and successful entrepreneur Derek Sivers brings a whole new perspective to how momentum is generated. Leaders are necessary, but the real key is the often overlooked brave first follower.

The money quote: "the first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader." So if you're an entry-level rebel looking to contribute to building a movement, maybe you should reconfigure your thinking -- you don't necessarily have to lead. Being a courageous and vocal early follower is immensely valuable too.

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