"A leader without followers is a person taking a walk
This is a quote I live by. Without a group of people passionate about what you
want to achieve and willing to go down that path with you, there is no hope of achieving your vision. After all, we are only human, and one person. To create movements, we need to garner followers, for it is our first few followers that are our underrated leaders.
Through the years, I have walked alone (thinking I could do it all) until I realized that inspiring others to do more, be more and achieve more would help me achieve my goals, my organization's goals and our collective aspirations. I will never forget one leader in my life that sat me down and said, "Katie, you need to inspire, motivate and not dictate outcomes. People will do more for you if they believe that you believe in them, their ideas, and you build trust." She continued to say, "You need to connect with them on a personal level and drive results through your people-not at your people." That was the day I vowed to be different, to focus on my people and not just the results. Let me tell you, doing this gave me much more success. I worked on creating followers to influence change and the results needed.