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Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Leadership

Looking for a little leadership inspiration, I picked up Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin. It's a small book, just 147 short pages. There are no chapters, per se, just boldface headlines introducing different anecdotes and concepts. It's basically an easy...
Looking for a little leadership inspiration, I picked up Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin. It's a small book, just 147 short pages. There are no chapters, per se, just boldface headlines introducing different anecdotes and concepts. It's basically an easy, light read.

Godin asserts that lasting and substantive change can be best effected by a tribe, which is a group of people connected to each other, to a leader and to an idea.

There are a few practical tips that you can turn around and implement in your work. It's also not a book that provides overall leadership strategy. Instead, this is a book of inspiration. It's not a book on HOW to be a leader as much as WHY.

The stories are exciting and help you to begin thinking about the ways that change is created in our world. The author describes how movements, whether political, social, or as part of marketing, are driven by tribe identities. We attach ourselves to ideas and shared values with likeminded groups and through the reading of this book you can recognize the ways in which your own behavior proves his point.

The examples Godin provides are sprinkled through the book and he revisits his premises over and over again. He tells stories of regular people who, simply because of their passion for an idea or product, changed their part of the world.

One line that personalizes the message is "If you think leadership is only for other people, you're wrong. We need YOU to lead us." Godin is urging us not to pass the buck when it comes to improving situations or promoting the things that mean a lot to us.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a boost or for additional reasons to stay the course in their leadership roles. This book delivers a lightweight, feel-good message for anyone who needs to reenergize. It's like a pep talk in written form that can be read in a few sittings. And, sometimes, a little hope, a little optimism, is what we need!

posted by BelindaEllsworth on July 2, 2009

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

nook sample is pretty worthless

If you really wanted to pique my interest in this book, the sample would have included real text from the first chapter rather than merely copyright info, list of other books by the author etc.

posted by Paulium on August 31, 2010

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