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Derek Sivers’ Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy

Derek Sivers gave a short (3 minute) presentation at TED2010 yesterday and, according to reports via Twitter, received a standing ovation.  Siver’s analyzed a very popular YouTube video (over 2,500,000 views) of a lone guy dancing and starting a “movement” at the 2009 Sasquatch Music Festival.

While the video of his TED presentation is not yet available, here’s a practice video version of Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy. You can also read the full transcript on his website.

I love this video and Sivers’ interpretation. I agree that leadership is often over-glorified and would only add that many times that the “leader” is unaware of his/her influence.

Do you think the Dancing Guy had any intent in creating or leading a “movement” (pardon the pun) or does he just enjoy dancing? Does it matter?

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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