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Lessons in leadership from dancing guy

by | Mar 25, 2021

Leadership in innovation can be hard won – but this hilarious ‘dancing guy’ clip makes it look easy!

I was researching leadership in innovation for a client we’re working with this week and came across this video (below). I think it captures perfectly – in under three minutes – what’s required to get out in front and be a leader!

If you want to create a more innovative culture, you need to build an innovation movement within the organisation. And that movement has to start with the leadership team.

It may be tough to start with, but when you find the right supporters within the organisation, your movement will gradually start to pick up more steam. Eventually, you’ll reach the tipping point where the rest of the people have virtually no choice but to join in or risk being left on the outside.

Here’s the thinking when it comes to creative leadership:

  1. “I see you alone out there.”
  2. “You look easy to follow.”
  3. The first follower takes the plunge.
  4. He makes it easier for the next one – this is the turning point.
  5. Everyone gets on board.

This video, narrated by American writer, entrepreneur and TED talker Derek Sivers, captures the idea brilliantly – and it’s funny as hell, too.

If you’re interested in what it takes to lead innovation you might be interested in these blogs too:

  1. Lessons in leadership from observations at Cannes Lions – lesson one is authenticity
  2. Lesson two is on trust 
  3. Three is about building resilience
  4. Lesson four is about how to punch above your weight 
  5. And a bonus from one of my favourite creative leaders – the inimitable Keith Reinhard 

We’re currently working with a range of clients on different creativity and innovation projects. Give us a shout if you need any help in your organisation and leading the charge for innovation. Email claire@nowgocreate.co.uk



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