Nature of Leading and Following

Concrete and concise stories of leadership are hard to come by, but the video below provides exactly that.  It creates a visual picture of the relationship between leaders and followers.

I originally saw this video on Seth Godin’s blog in the middle of last year. Seth mentioned that we need more “Guy #3″s.  Since then, I’ve often come back to reflecting on this video when I think about leadership and the nature of crowds.  It’s proven to be a valuable mental picture when thinking about how movements spread.

So when I saw that this video was used in a TED talk by Derek Sivers, and that he made some additional excellent observations, I wanted to share it with others. Plus, he received a standing ovation at TED, and it’s easy to see why.

Below is his version. Enjoy:






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