As all of us read the articles that tell us things are better than we might have expected a year ago but still a long way from where we would like them to be, we look for someone to show us the way to a better future.
Amazing how many new books are hitting the market from the business ‘gurus’ and how many old standards are being re-promoted.
The demand for useful information is strong: amazon.ca, for instance, lists over 9,000 titles on business and investing.
I have just finished reading Seth Godin’s Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and I recommend it highly to anyone who thinks they have a good idea.
One of Godin’s beliefs is that many of the traditional forms of leadership have lost their relevance and now anyone with access to a computer can share their ideas and influence others.
He presents several examples of people who blog about the interests that they are passionate about and how they have developed a regular following of several thousand readers.
In effect, it’s not your title or salary that makes you a leader.
You are a leader if you have meaningful ideas that others find interesting or want to learn more about. Gather enough followers and you can make a difference.
Don’t wait for someone else – here’s your chance to set a course that others will want to follow.
Since most of us want to share in or be part of successful movements, I think the audience is eager to follow you. You probably have a great idea that the rest of us would like to embrace, discuss and collaborate on.
Lead on. We’re ready to follow.