Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - By: Seth Godin
Tribes is the first Seth Godin book I’ve read, that’s not to say I haven’t heard of Seth Godin before, I just wasn’t into reading books.
When I head Seth was going to be a keynote speaker at this years MIMA Summit in Oct. 09, I decided that I should get acquainted with Seth.
Tribes was a natural choice since it’s his most recent book and already made the Amazon Best Seller list.
When Amazon delivered Tribes to by doorstep, I was surprised how small of a book it was, physically. Inside it was a totally different story.
I was expecting Tribes to discuss and inform me about the power of tribes, read some examples of how tribes have done good and bad, and perhaps a little about why why should join tribes.
Instead what I got out of Tribes was more about the sub-title to the book, We Need You to Lead Us. Tribes could have gone by another name, and still have been powerful as long as the sub-title remained.
What Tribes is, is a great motivational book and “call to arms” for all of us to take the lead. There are all kids of tribes in the world, from political tribes, to finding a cure for cancer tribes, to making organizational changes within Fortune 100 companies.
Tribes makes it clear with repetition, that managers are not leaders. Leaders can come from every level of an organization. Leaders constantly fight the status quo. It’s easy to give up, give in, and accept mediocracy.
To be a leader, you need to never accept mediocracy and never give in to the status quo. Tribes leaves out the check list to become a leader and instead inspires you the reader to find a cause, a tribe, and lead them to greatness.
When I look at my career and where I am right now, I see the beginnings of a leader. I always thought I wanted to manage a team, now I realize I’ve always wanted to lead a tribe.
What does it take to get to the next level? More passion and more courage. It doesn’t matter what you know, to be a leader all that matter is that your willing to fight for what you believe in.
At the end of Tribes, Seth asks you the reader for a favor. By writing this review and forwarding my copy on to my co-workers I’m fulfilling his request.
By commenting or sharing this review, you to, the reader, can fulfill Seth’s request.
Spread the word.