How To Become A Leader Who Attracts Followers

Written on:December 13, 2012

Find out if you are the type of leader who draws followers, through a validation practice exercise.

A previous blog post – Use Validation in Your Leadership to Enhance Top Performancefocused on three types of leaders:

  1. Leaders who attract followers
  2. Leaders who do not attract followers
  3. All other leaders

What type of leader do you strive to be? Most aspire to attract followers, yet not everybody has reached that level. Let’s reflect on the meaning and benefits of being and/or becoming such a leader. Concisely, it simplifies the life of the leader, as well as his or her staff members, the performance of a team, and most importantly the bottom line of an organization.

Below is a fun exercise to increase your awareness of how you can influence your destiny. I hope you will take full advantage, as you can learn a great deal from this exercise. It may open your eyes, or you may learn something about yourself you did not know before.

Before you start with the exercise, ask yourself the following:

Do I really understand how I influence my boss, my peers, my staff, my clients, my family members, or even myself? Success lies in your hands.

Validate more and critique less: The power of validation will help you achieve your goals like a champion.

Explore your validation skills and apply them consistently.

Try out the following exercise:


Day 1

Count the times you validate (V) _____  and the times you critique (C) _____.

Analyze your scores.
Do you validate more than you critique? How satisfied are you with your findings? Get ready for the next step.


Day 2

Consciously validate more and observe the outcomes. More specifically, integrate at least one authentic encouragement during your next meeting and observe its impact.

This might be an effort for some and come natural to others. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come naturally. You can learn it.



Validate over the next month or so and observe the results. Keep notes. If you don’t get the results, you may have missed something. If so, contact us at [email protected] and together we will figure out the missing link.

In addition, watch the video below about controlling your own level of success and the big impact you can make every day. The more you validate others the more you succeed.


Gain more in-depth information by reading Apple, Cake, and Skiing Wisdom: Optimism in the New Relationship Economy, 2012.


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Written on:December 6, 2012

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An IT Vice President with two bosses in varied geographical locations works with Holympia’s Philipp Werenfels, PhD, to learn and practice his communication skills. The coaching leads to the VP becoming a better leader, with stronger relationships, and more value to his bosses, who increase salaries for both he and his team.

Are you effectively managing downward, laterally, and especially upward? Contact us at


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Are you using the latest tools most effectively to help you do your job? Contact us at


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A global Senior Vice President refuses to accept his 360-degree feedback after making a several-million-dollar business mistake. After a 90-minute session with Holympia’s Philipp Werenfels, PhD, the SVP realizes how the feedback need not threaten his competence, but instead can help him evolve into a more effective leader.

Do you concentrate too much on self-limiting beliefs? Could you benefit from techniques to help change your focus? Contact us at


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Do you know how to build relationships strong enough to end for the good of the organization? Contact us at


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How to save a business partnership through role clarity and effective communication.

Two executives with similar skills start a company together, but soon struggle with each other’s management styles. Through coaching with Holympia’s Philipp Werenfels, PhD, they learn to separate responsibilities, handle differing opinions, and create a successful communication structure.

Have you learned the skills needed to work effectively with your business partner? Contact us at


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Written on:October 25, 2012

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You know the type: high-performer, overworked, always traveling, doesn’t trust his staff, and whose management style keeps him from moving up the corporate ladder. By teaching this high-achieving bully techniques to build relationships and delegate, Holympia’s Philipp Werenfels, PhD, helped him earn a promotion and overcome his bullying style for good.

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When a critical decision presents itself, do you have the skills allowing you to stop, take a breath, and gather enough information to make a good decision? Contact us at


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An organization overlooks a Vice President for a promotion because he’s not keeping his bosses fully apprised of his strengths, experiences and results. Learn how Holympia’s Philipp Werenfels, PhD, guides this VP to modify behaviors, practice communication skills and build relationships, and to earn a promotion within four months.

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