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People follow those that help them. If we seem to be heading in the same direction and what we want is roughly the same thing, then it make sense to work together.

Goals

Where the personal goals of the followers are aligned with the direction that the leaders is pointing, then it seems like a good idea to follow the leader, especially if it looks like they will be able to help me get what I want.

If I look at a leader and they seem to want the same thing that I do, then I will assume that they will want to support me in my strivings.

Leaders should thus take time to understand the personal goals of their would-be followers, and thus find some workable combination of gently shifting or reframing their own and the follower goals so they align.

Support

I will also follow a person who actively helps me to get what I want. In my seeking to achieve my goals, I often cannot do it all myself and need the support of others, who may lend a hand, money authority or otherwise help me in my work.

When goals are aligned, it makes sense for leaders to support followers. It can also be a good idea to provide support for other goals, which both demonstrates care and sets up an exchange. When you give me support, I will,  in return, support you. Leaders actively support followers and help them get what they want.

See also

Exchange principle

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