Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
Last week I was reminded of a short video about leadership: “First Follower: Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy”.
The visual is of a crowd on the lawn at a concert. It is clearly an outdoor ampitheater. The footage is shaky, cellphone stock. And what we see is just one guy in the crowd dancing.
Derek Sivers talks over the video, telling us that this is a visual story of leadership. That here is a guy dancing when nobody else is.
But this one dancing guy isn’t the most profound example of leadership. Someone else stands up and joins him. Sivers points out that it is the second person, the first follower, who gives others permission to do the same. Soon a third joins, then a couple more. By the end of the three minute video, a huge crowd has formed to participate in this incredible moment that none of them want to miss.
Most of us get tired of dancing alone. We also get really used to racing to join a party that’s already gotten going.
As people of faith, we rarely have to be the only one doing something. There’s usually at least a few of us. But we’re often invited to take the leap of doing something that seems crazy. Or we’re joining with someone doing something new. Helping each other. Having fun. Being there.
And that’s how real movements actually start.