Everyone has a tribe
– family and friends, other people with whom you have a
relationship. This tribe is primarily involved with you in social,
support, and general activities. People you've invited (or inherited)
to participate in your life.
Taking it to a higher level, Seth
Godin wrote about tribes, seeing them as the confluence of the
leader (you), an idea (your vision), and a mission of creating change
and achieving results (you and your followers). Whether it is:
marketing a new product or service
– or changing how existing products and services are sold, like
the progressive sale of eBooks;
spearheading a health mission like
identifying trans fats, labeling their presence in foods, educating
consumers, and virtually eliminating the presence in consumer foods;
eliminating steps in a process
because they no longer serve a purpose – akin to cutting 3-inches
off the ham before baking it – because your old oven was too
What about your leadership tribe?
It has some traits of your personal
tribe – it provides support and offers the insight of experience.
It is forward-focused like Seth's tribe but differs – you are not
exclusively the lead
dog in your leadership tribe.
Your leadership tribe consists of
people you know, others you respect, and still others who are a
significant influence on your outlook and thoughts – a super peer
group in a sense.
More about the three components of your
With your leadership tribe sometimes
you are the leader of others and other times you are a follower of
another's leadership. Your tribe is a foundation – tapping their
experience and listening to their perspective to broaden what you
bring to the project. Your tribe is resource – physical, mental,
and emotional participation in your project. Your tribe is a training
ground – you learn by doing under the leadership of people you
value and respect, and by reading their account of other situations.
As with other peer relationships, you
will have the role of a leader, a follower, a driver, a participant,
and an advisor at any point in time – even simultaneously for
different projects. You may appear alone to observers at
times...doing all the work by yourself – in reality, your
leadership tribe cloaks you with significant depth and strength to
deliver on commitments and goals.
A team focuses on a goal – win the
game, complete a project – while a tribe is a more organic
structure – on an operational level when working on a project,
certainly it is focused on the goal, but when that has been attained
the tribe continues to serve its members with new insights, thoughts,
sharing, mentoring, validation, and other continuing benefits.
Members of the tribe with direct relationships receive inputs and
provide outputs from the others.
Who do you have in your leadership