CHAPTER 2

You Are Your First Follower

History’s great achievers—a Napoleon, a da Vinci, a Mozart—have always managed themselves. That, in large measure, is what made them great achievers.

—Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive

Sometimes leaders are so hung up on getting followers and motivating people that they forget that they are their first followers. You are the best advertisement for your dream. People look first at the person of the leader before they look to his dreams and strategic intent or vision statements. When people lack faith in the leader, they won’t believe in his dreams and join the cause. When we announce our bold vision and try to attract people to our dreams, they ask the following questions: Are you the kind of leader ...

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