Everybody wants to be the leader. Heck, why would you settle on being Robin when you could be Batman?
But without the Robins of the world, the Batmans would not only have no one to lead, they wouldn’t have that wing man helping to get him out of trouble every time he he’s about to do something stupid.
The second in command plays a big role in creating a real team, turning a single talented individual whom some people think is a nut, and legitimizing him to the world. The second in command also lets others know that this guy is legit.
Everyone watches the quarteback and cheers him on to win the game. What they don’t see is the the quarterback buying his offensive linemen gold watches for protecting him all season long. He knows that they are the one’s who make him who he is.
Show appreciation and support to those first followers who believe in you. Nurturing and supporting them will pave the way for others to join your tribe and help turn you into a true leader.
Check out this great Ted talk from my of my favorite entrepreneurs, Derek Sivers who explains how that first follower can turn a lone nut into a leader.