Review of “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin
I recently finished this inspiring book and wanted to share it with the world. So, here’s why you should read it.
“You don’t need a keyboard to lead… you only need the desire to make something happen,” Seth Godin submits in his book “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.”
Don’t we all desire to make something happen? Isn’t there an innate desperation to be something more, somewhere better than where we are right now? I think there is. And I think we do.
This book encourages the putting away of old ideals and embracing new ones that propel us into the future, that eke out a new order, a new idea, a new group.
But who are we to lead?
Seth wrote, “The skeptical among us look at the idea of leadership and we hesitate. We hesitate because it feels like something we need to be ordained to do. That without authority, we can’t lead. That big organizations reserve the leadership for the CEO, not us.”
Encouraging us to look inside ourselves for inspiration and motivation by studying what we’re passionate about, Seth makes me wonder, “Really who are we not to lead?”
If we have ideals aligned with the bettering of people’s lives, aren’t we obligated to try our hands at doing so?
“Generous and authentic leadership will always defeat the selfish efforts of someone doing it just because she can.”
I learned in this book that the people who genuinely desire a beneficial change are the ones who will collect followers. Doing good deeds for the right reasons will cultivate lasting relationships on which we can build.
Seth drives home the idea of leaders as empowering individuals by saying, “Leadership is very much an art, one that’s accomplished only by people with authentic generosity and a visceral connection to their tribe.”
Does our vision of the future inspire others? Are we truly connecting with our tribe? If not, perhaps we need to remedy our message.
This book teaches us to always do your best work.
“If your organization requires success before commitment, it will never have either.”
Leadership is not for the faint of heart. It requires commitment. And if you don’t commit to your dream, no one else will. You can’t halfheartedly work on a project and expect it to be quality; it will only be mediocre. If you produce mediocre results, expect only lukewarm approval from followers.
“And so, the obligation: don’t settle. To have all these advantages, all this momentum, all these opportunities and then to settle for mediocre and then defend the status quo…what a waste.”
This book inspired me to reach out and try new things, to become a leader and find my own tribe who shares my views.
“Without someone to say yes, all that’s left are unpublished writers who tell themselves no.”
Often we get in our own way. Our Doubt Ninjas attack and hold us back. They tell us that we’ll never succeed, we aren’t good enough and eventually we’ll stop even dreaming.
Seth agrees, “The only thing holding you back from becoming the kind of person who changes things is this” lack of faith. Faith that you can do it. Faith that it’s worth doing. Faith that failure won’t destroy you.”
We need to work on our confidence and the best way to do that is to keep building on the things we’re good at, then reaching out to share that with others to connect on a meaningful level.
“Leaders on the other hand don’t have things happen them. They do things.”
Take control. Or in the wise words of Nike, “Just Do It.” Even just taking the first steps can yield incredibly results.
Seth has a way of speaking to his audience that sounds genuine, like he really cares about sharing this knowledge and helping us to become leaders (which makes him a great leader). He embodies the message of his book in his tone and the way he tells the stories.
The book moves from subject to subject in an organized manner, the flow emulating and punctuating his points well, and leaving a slough of quotable material. (I love that.)
I’d recommend this book to anyone searching for their purpose in life.
“The Secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal…The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Pain a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”
I hope this review has helped you. I wanted to share this awesome book, because of how profound the message is.