George and Amal Clooney, Followers. George and Amal Clooney, Leaders.

This is how it works. How people can be two things at the same time – followers and leaders.

Two days ago, the Clooneys followed the lead of the Florida teens who spearheaded the March for Our Lives, the anti-gun violence rally scheduled to take place on March 24 in Washington DC. Moreover, the Clooneys went all out. First, they made their position public. Second, they donated half a million dollars to the cause. Third, they announced that they personally would take part in the March. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country.” Finally, they signaled their role – they were followers, they were following the lead of “this incredible generation of young people.”

In this single stroke, the Clooneys became, simultaneously, leaders. They inspired other people – other very, very famous, and very, very rich, and very, very powerful people – to join their cause. Such as Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn. Such as Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw. Such as Oprah Winfrey who made clear that it was the Clooneys’ lead that inspired her to follow. “George and Amal,” she tweeted, “I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’”

Yes, this is how it works – how being a leader and a being a follower are not mutually exclusive.  Along with the “young people” themselves, the Clooneys made certain that the March March will be an event for the ages.



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