By: Seth Godin
Book Overview: The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips. If you think leadership is for other people, think again―leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”―someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days. Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book:
The way people become leaders has drastically changed over the past several years. With the power of constant connection through internet, social networks and cell phones, previous barriers have been torn down. This presents amazing opportunities for anyone to step up to the plate and lead. All you need is the desire to make something happen.
In his book, Tribes, Seth Godin continues by saying that with that desire your potential as a leader is only limited by your initiative. He doesn’t believe that having you lead us would be, “cool” or that maybe you should lead us – but that we NEED you to lead us. He explains that with this incredible opportunity YOU NEED to take action within your ‘tribe’ and lead people forward.
“The ONLY thing leaders have in common is the shared decision to lead.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“I think most people have it upside down. Being charismatic doesn’t make you a leader. Being a leader makes you charismatic.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“If you hear my idea but don’t believe it, that’s not your fault; it’s mine. If you see my new product but don’t buy it, that’s my failure, not yours. If you attend my presentation and you’re bored, that’s my fault too.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“‘Life’s too short’ is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it’s true. 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, Tribes
“Initiating is really and truly difficult, and that’s what leaders do. They see something others are ignoring and they jump on it.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“Change isn’t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking for forgiveness, later.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“In nearly every case, trying to lead everyone results in leading no one in particular.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“The one path that never works is the most common one: doing nothing at all.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“One bad review doesn’t ruin my day because I realize what a badge of honor it is to get a bit of criticism at all.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes
“It turns out that the people who like their jobs the most are also the ones who are doing the best work, making the greatest impact, and changing the most.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes