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Seth Godin’s definition of a tribe is any group of people connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. True leaders are ones who make change, who go out in front and are brave enough to break through the status quo. They are the ones who are bucking the trends, thinking “outside of the box,” and truly standing up for something. Whereas he says managers manage an established process and make it as efficient as possible, leaders create new ideas.
Godin says that leaders communicate and find ways to connect their tribe, allowing them to communicate with each other as well as with the leader. They are unified around a common passion that allows people to understand themselves even better.
A great example in my mind of a leader with a tribe is Jon Stewart. I attended his Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington DC in the fall and he brought together thousands of people who were willing to take a stand to bring sanity and logic back to politics, for using humor to truly take a stand for what they believe in, and use TV as a platform to really make a difference.
Godin says that leaders have fear, but they are aware of it. Their passion for their cause and feeling that they can make a difference allows them to overcome their fear.
Are you willing to stand up and be a leader? Are you struggling in your organization, in your business, with your ideas because you are hiding from the fear of leading? What will it take for you to take a stand? What is one idea that you are truly passionate about that you can start speaking to others or writing about today to begin to build support around you? Take that step today.
Monica Thakrar has over 14 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.