Over the years I’ve enjoyed reading various business/leadership books that have helped me in my work with churches, charities and small businesses. Steve Covey’s “7 Habits”, James Collin’s “Built to Last” and “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner where early favorites coming out of university.
In the last 10 years, I have been challenged by David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”, “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky and both of the Heath brother books – “Switch” and “Made to Stick”. From a Christian perspective, “Leading with a Limp” by Dan Allender has been the best book on leadership that I’ve read.
Last week I finished “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin. I had heard about Godin’s other books for several years, but none of them caught my attention. They just seemed too focused on marketing for my tastes. But after receiving an Amazon gift certificate and seeing a positive review from Michael Hyatt, I decided to give Tribes a try. I’m glad I did.
Here’s a sampling of my highlights:
“Generous and authentic leadership will always defeat the selfish efforts of someone doing it just because she can.”
“Leadership…is about creating change that you believe in.”
“All tribes are made up of partisans, the more partisan the better. If you’re a middle-of-the-roader, you don’t bother joining a tribe. Partisans want to make a difference. Leaders lead when they take positions, when they connect with their tribes, and when they help the tribe connect to itself.”
“True leaders have figured out that the real win is in turning a casual fan into a true one.”
“The organizations of the future are filled with smart, fast, flexible people on a mission.”
“What people are afraid of isn’t failure. It’s blame. Criticism. We choose not to be remarkable because we’re afraid of criticism.”
“So great leaders don’t try to please everyone. Great leaders don’t water down their message in order to make the tribe bigger. Instead, they realize that a motivated, connected tribe in the midst of a movement is far more powerful than a larger group could ever be.”
“The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest thing is to respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate.”
“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”
“Growth doesn’t come from persuading the most loyal members of other tribes to join you. They will be the last to come around. Instead, you’ll find more fertile ground among seekers, among people who desire the feeling they get when they’re part of a vibrant, growing tribe, but who are still looking for that feeling.”
“The tactics of leadership are easy. The art is the difficult part.”
It’s a quick read – 125 pages with no chapters so it’s easy to pick up and put down. If you want to lead change, no matter how small, Seth Godin has written a book which will spark ideas in your mind.