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To Lead or to follow

What is the value of good following?

Craig Savage

on 24 February 2016

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Transcript of To Lead or to follow

To Lead or to Follow?
“if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.”
What Makes Someone A Leader?
How do you know?
A leader is only a leader if they have followers.
Leaders must Cultivate Followers
Who was George Whitefield?
Wesleyan Revival not the Whitefield Revival
Followers Get things Done – Followers are Doers
People of ambition fall into two groups, those “who want to be someone” and those “who want to do something” - Monnet
Good Followers Give Leaders feedback and direction
“We’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check, but instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked “insufficient funds.” - MLK
Mahalia Jackson - “Tell them about your dream, Martin!”
Sometimes the follower becomes the leader
Following can be dangerous
The first follower is an under-estimated form of leadership
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair . . .
I say to you my friend.”
“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”
The first follower is an under-estimated form of leadership
"Leadership is a word on everyone's lips. The young attack it and the old grow wistful for it. Parents lost it and police seek it. Experts claim it and artists spurn it, while scholars want it. Philosophers reconcile it as authority and theologians demonstrate its compatibility with conscience. If Bureaucrats pretend they have it, politicians wish they did. Everyone agrees there is less of it than there used to be."
- Warren Bennis
“Every accent, every emphasis, every modulation of voice was so perfectly well-tuned and well-placed, that, without being interested in the subject, one could not help being pleased with the discourse; a pleasure of much the same kind with that received from an excellent piece of music.” - Ben Franklin speaking about Whitefield
Jean Monnet
Who is the father of American
"I have a dream"
"I have a nightmare" ?
“fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency”
"rude awakening"
The first follower is an under-estimated form of leadership.
- Leaders Must Cultivate Followers
- Followers Get Things Done
- Good Followers Give Leaders Feedback and Direction
- Sometimes the Follower Becomes the Leader
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