Leadership… #EdublogsClub

This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and educational technology enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week. Simply write a post and share it (via social media w/ #edublogsclub or posting a link as a comment to that topic’s posting on the Edublogger site) to join in, or sign up to receive email reminders of each new prompt. 

Back in April, I did a post in response to a question on great videos for a keynote or presentation. One of the videos is perfect for this week’s prompt on Leadership.

Derek Sivers states, “The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” In leadership, there isn’t always a single person or entity that is solely responsible for command. The second person in a movement is just as important a leader as the first person.

I have my lone nut moment all the time. As a technology coach, you put yourself out there making recommendations of various tools which could be beneficial to the teachers you (in essence) lead. Sometimes you remain the lone nut, advocating for a particular tool, hoping that someone will come along and join you giving credence to the ‘movement’. Other times you find out that someone has gained a new item for their toolkit. Maybe they reach out and ask further, in-depth questions or let you know how it went with their students. Or, as in this instance, you found out through a notification of being mentioned in a tweet.

What are your thoughts on Leadership? Do you agree or disagree on the first follower being a leader? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

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