Sometimes followers and leaders are confused with introverts and extroverts. Quiet leaders such as the tennis world’s Roger Federer is an example of an introverted leader who has shown the world that things can get done right and that team play doesn’t have to be loud and over active. Federer is not a jokester, but a quiet leader who goes out and demonstrates a phenomenal level of athleticism and leadership.
Look at Apple. Will phone makers follow Apple’s lead on fingerprint tech? Apple, of course, did not invent the fingerprint scanner or personal computing devices, but it’s certainly in the position to popularize it. The company has pioneered a number of tools and features that competitors later made standard, like the CD-ROM drive and the computer mouse.
I am not a born leader. I fall into the follower category only because I tend to sit back and listen to others opinions before I voice my own, but I learned pretty quickly that you couldn’t lead if no one is paying attention to you. There can be several influences, such as parents and life exposure, on how a person may or may not become a leader or a follower. However, there are exceptions. My mother was a professional musician, while I stuck to the piano bench and my fingers glued to the ivories during recitals from panic. When I couldn’t find the end to the piece I was playing, I ran off the stage.
I needed to decide how to—not whether—adapt to taking the reins and connect with my readers. Thanks to my critique group, I ventured out from behind my computer and entered the world of social networking. I was never a wallflower, but in order to sell my books I had to draw people’s attention to them. It’s a compliment when people buy our books. It gives great value to our work. What you think? Is this character a leader or a follower?