Waterline Article #7: People Won't Follow You Unless They Feel Safe.

The Rooftop Podcast

Jun 10 2022 • 14 mins

WATERLINE ARTICLE #7: People Won’t follow You Unless They Feel Safe.

In times of churn it is critical that we, as leaders, create psychological safety for others in all areas of our lives. Safety in this sense is the ability to speak or act with sincerity without fear of reprisal. What happens when you don’t offer this? Trust cannot exist. Join Scott this week as he gives a few personal examples where there was an absence of psychological safety and what you can do to ensure you are creating the psychologically safe environment needed for trust to flourish for influence and impact.


In 1917, T.E. Lawrence, who you might know as Lawrence of Arabia overthrew the Ottoman Turks in WWI in modern-day Iraq and Syria, using strategic human connections at the local level. He did so by going into tribal environments and creating a level of trust that unified various tribes around one thing that they could all agree on through storytelling of ‘what could be.’ He wanted to help others who followed behind him do the same so he wrote The 27 Articles to share with them.

Scott has taken these Lawrencian skills and adapted them to the Rooftop Leadership methodology and in this series will share the 27 Waterline Articles for the Rooftop Leader with you so that you are better equipped to lead through the disengagement, distrust, and distraction brought on by prolonged isolation, low trust, and uncertainty. If you’ll lean into these and integrate them into your life and business, you will be more attuned to the people you lead and be able to look at human behavior in a new way that allows you to lead at a higher level.

You can read the original 27 Articles by T.E. Lawrence here: https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_27_Articles_of_T.E._Lawrence

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