Leadership is About Creating Change You Believe In

Do you dream of being a leader? Many of us want to be leaders and make a real impact. But there is one major obstacle: fear.

We are afraid of failure, doing things differently, and what others can think about us. Leadership requires taking risks. That scares us.

Tribes - Seth Godin

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Tribes encourages us to go beyond our fear. The book explains how some leaders were creative and took advantage of new digital tools in order to make a real difference.

Three Reasons Future Leaders Should Read Tribes

  1. Fear is the main reason we stay away from becoming leaders. By sharing stories of individuals who became leaders, Seth Godin proves that being a real leader is possible.
  2. Leaders don’t succeed alone. They need a tribe. Yes. We need to inspire others, if we want to make a difference.
  3. Leadership is about changing the status quo. If you want to move people, you need a compelling vision on how the world should be.

“You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

Seth Godin

Seth Godin, author of Tribes

There’s No Magic Sauce for Leadership

Seth Godin voluntarily does not share any step-by-step guide. Every situation is different. What you get from reading Tribes is the ability to spot opportunities to lead. It is up to you to find them.

Entrepreneur, employee, freelancer? Tribes illustrates with many examples that leadership is not about a job title or your current status. It depends on your ability to inspire others that something needs to change.

The first step to becoming a leader is shifting your mindset from being passive to proactive. You are no longer here to wait for things to happen. You make things happen.

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea […]. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”

As an entrepreneur, I do believe that successful ventures are like tribes. Employees join you because they believe in your vision. You need a story about the future you’re trying to build.

Developing and growing a venture is not about laying bricks, it’s about building a cathedral*.

Take Away:

  • Go beyond your comfort zone.
  • The new economy has opened many opportunities. You now can have a voice. There is no need to wait for permission.
  • One should make a commitment to his work and get good at it.
  • There are no longer clear rules about what to do. Operate without a map and explore the edge of what is possible.

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*The vision story of the Three Masons (source):

A man came upon a construction site where three builders were working.

– He asked the first builder, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am laying bricks.”

– He asked the second builder, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am making money to feed my family.

– As he approached the third, he heard him humming a tune as he worked, and asked, “What are you doing?” The man stood, looked up at the sky, and smiled, “I am building a cathedral!”

 

Initially published in January 2015, the article has been updated to include more thoughts about leadership.