Summary of Leading So People Will Follow

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Leading So People Will Follow book summary


7 Overall

8 Applicability

7 Innovation

7 Style


Consultant and leadership development expert Erika Andersen draws on storytelling to illustrate six attributes you must master to become a great leader. Andersen explains that you need to become “farsighted, passionate, courageous, wise, generous” and “trustworthy” in order to lead. As you strive to become a leader, she advises seeking help from three kinds of people: wise “wizards,” supportive “well-wishers” and improbable “wild cards.” Andersen includes a link to an online leadership assessment exercise and a bonus chapter on improving your listening and “self-talk” skills. getAbstract recommends her chatty, informal guidebook, which draws archetypes from folktales and business to illustrate how to become a leader people want to follow.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the characteristics of a great leader are,
  • How to develop your own path to becoming a leader and
  • How to measure yourself as a leader.

About the Author

Erika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus International where she works as a management consultant, coach and leadership development expert.



The Leadership Way
From ancient times, human beings have sought great leaders. People need leaders to inspire them; throughout history, people have woven stories and legends to illustrate the qualities of a leader. In these sagas, leaders help their communities combat enemy attacks and...

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Contained in Knowledge Pack:

  • Knowledge Pack
    Leadership Fables
    Once upon a time, some leadership parables illustrated important perspectives, even if the lead characters were squirrels or magicians.

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category