Building a community of people who follow you on your leadership journey, is a process that oft times eludes the best intentioned leadership apprentice. The initial key to creating a following is a simple process, you have to connect with people. Without an atmosphere of introduction, there is no one to follow you! It's vital to put yourself out there. People are a necessary part of the equation.
Once a gathering of individuals is accomplished, the leader is able to contribute, adding value to the people he or she has connected with. Adding value is imperative to creating a following. If you have nothing to offer the people you connect with, why would they follow you? This is where the value of reading and listening to audio recordings of people further along in the leadership journey comes in handy. That learning process is what keeps you a step ahead of the community your trying to build and lead.
Then we enter the third step in the process. This is the part where the people you've added value to celebrate their victories! This is the best tool in your leadership arsenal. Nothing attracts others to your community like the word of mouth advertising coming from someone you helped achieve a victory in their life. This alone will catapult you into a whole new realm of leadership, and it all surrounds you digging into information and using it to add value to others.
Remember, connect, contribute, celebrate! No connection, no contribution, no celebration....