Obtaining that first follower is a milestone in the journey a good leader. Today we are talking about the traits and importance of the connection that occurs when someone accepts an invitation to follow.

To be a leader, there must be followers. Followers recognize something that allows them to give a person a chance to lead … something more than just “leadership.” For executives and business owners, this relationship can be tenuous. To be a leader, there must be followers. Followers recognize something that allows them to give a person a chance to lead … something more than just “leadership.” For executives and business owners, this relationship can be tenuous. How we care for and grow opportunities to build trust with our teams is up to us. Jess Dewell hosts panelists Jimmy Godard and Robert Willard to discuss what makes the milestone of that first connection of trust so important.


Program 93 - Leaders Who Create Productive TeamsStarting The Conversation:

  • What traits bring leaders their first follower, and what makes that relationship so important?

Host: Jess Dewell

Panel: Jimmy Godard, Robert Willard

What You Will Hear:

Get people moving in the same direction easily.

Likability is a key trait.

Followers have drive all their own.

Know why we are leading.

The definition of transparency as a leadership trait.

The value of communication, specifically feedback.

Role of followers and that they have their own identity.

THE leader trait that creates a bold leader today.

Notable and Quotable:

Bob Willard: Success comes when everyone can get behind a directive and moving in the same direction.

Bob Willard: It is easier when people rally for you from the beginning, when there is buy in from at least one person.

Jimmy Godard: Likability is where Leader and follower overlap.

Jimmy Godard: There is an emotional connection between leader and follower.

Jimmy Godard: We forget about followers, responding to a leaders attitude. Followers have their own identity.

Jess Dewell: There are misunderstandings [by people in specific roles] that a position title automatically grants us leader.

Bob Willard: Leaders draw from past experiences and bring them to the current situation.

Jess Dewell: We can evaluate ourselves and see what we can do to embrace empathy to encourage the self journey each of us is on.

Bob Willard: As a leader, push yourself in learning. Have good work ethic.

Jimmy Godard: Likeability is authentic. We are the same person at our desk and in the boardroom and at home.

Tags: diplomacy, leader, honesty, transparency, communication, priorities, self awareness, relationships, feedback