When you would assume or be assigned a position as a leader of a group, know that your integrity and character will be duly noted by all that are intended to follow. Any effort to manipulate the follower to act in one fashion or another, without their earnest belief in the direction set, will have only minimal or even a negative effect for the group.

To be a true follower is to put your full effort behind a purpose or a cause to engage fully. Together, the leader will lead all to the best outcome. If we would all be heard to contribute to the cause, from the onset of planning to the very end, the composition of input and experience would drive to continual learning and improved outcomes that are sustainable.

To be a true leader is to set the stage for others to act on. It is not a manipulation of others to follow your script. For followers to invest, they will need to be an engaged member in the process. This key relationship variable is owned and trusted by all and is the one constant that will most determine the team’s eventual success.

“If we inspire people, they will give us more than we asked for. If we manipulate them, they will give us exactly what we paid for.” — Simon Sinek —


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