Leadership Lessons from the Shirtless Guy

My dad sent me this video, a great little piece about “leadership” and, more importantly, how a movement is made. Dad and I are always looking out for good leadership discussion and training pieces for our NEW BREED training workshops.

This is a great little tool (regardless of how shoddy the camera work is) to provoke discussion at a leaders’ meeting.

(CLICK HERE if you don’t see the embedded video)

I love the following three statements. These would be great to hand out on a piece of paper to your leadership team and simply ask: Agree or disagree? Why? Are there scriptural truths to back up this idea?

1. Remember the importance of nurturing the first few followers as equals. It’s about the movement, not you!

2. It was the first follower transformed the “lone nut” into a leader.

3. We’re told that we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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5 Responses to Leadership Lessons from the Shirtless Guy

  1. Brandon says:

    This was Siver’s TED talk last year. I wish I had this video when we did a youth ministry leadership retreat about being the first to follow. I love the focus on guy number two. Siver still has his video and original transcript here http://sivers.org/ff

    The TED talks will be a goldmine if you are looking to borrow training talk material in leadership. Here are some more http://www.ted.com/

    Thanks for this post!

  2. That was AWESOME! I am the lone nut…and I’ve got 12 #2s – can’t wait to show this at our next Youth Advisory Board meeting!

  3. Brent Johns says:

    great video; it really puts the quote, “its not about you” into perspective. You have to have someone with more courage than the leader to make something great!

  4. Chris Childs says:

    This is Great! Len Sweet came to Iowa and showed this video as well.

  5. Linda says:

    Great video to make these points! great tool to share w/co-leaders and leaders in training! Thanks!