Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?

This is a great ten minute video with Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones relating the research that went into their fantastic book, Why Should Anyone Be Led By You.

Followers want:

  • Community
  • Authenticity
  • Significance
  • Excitement

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. What does it mean to be a community builder as a leader?
  2. Are you authentic?  Do you take your real self to work? Authentic leaders know themselves and “show” themselves — they aren’t perfect — and they genuinely want the best for their followers and the organization.
  3. Do you appreciate your followers’ contribution? Are you a source of significance for your followers?
  4. Are you a source of energy, edge, and passion — genuine excitement — for your team?
  5. Who decides?  (not you! Your followers decide)
Reflection: I love the connection between this 4th question about excitement and the question that Bob Sutton shared that Rob Cross asks: “After you talk to this person, do you have more or less energy?”  I aspire to be the kind of person that gives people more energy.  How about you?  Positive. Inspired. Energized.  Let’s serve up some pie!

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