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Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

Fun book, but I didn't think it was one of Godin's best. I really liked Lynchpin the best. Seth Godin is incredibly smart, he has an incredible business mind and one of the things he does the best is he is able to “see the big picture.”

I found Tribes to be a lot about seeing the big picture from a community standpoint. He has the catch phrase, “We need you to lead us” which is funny but true at the same time. A tribe is any group of people, large or small that is connected to one another, a leader, and an idea.

Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they're enabling countless new tribes to be born. Groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

And so the key question: Who is going to lead us?

The Web can do amazing things, but it can't provide leadership. That still has to come from in

dividuals? 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 his/her fingertips.

If you think leadership is for other people, think again? I would like to think of Mark Zuckerberg as an example for a second. Think of him and the community of facebook users he has created. We could also think of Steve Jobs as a leader and the community of Mac happy people he created.

If you think this is a book about leadership, think again. This book would be disappointing if it was a book about leadership. This book tries to inspire you to get out there and lead people. It's NOT going to tell you how to lead people either. I have found that the most effective way to lead people is to go out there and do it. You will make mistakes along the way, everyone does. Having a sales background, I find positive energy, influencing others, interpersonal skills, inspiration, and decision making some of my best tools and skills for leadership.

Highly recommended!

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2 Responses to “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin”

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    • admin says:

      Hi Prace,

      It’s a great book by Seth Godin and I highly recommend it. Thanks for visiting my blog! – Jon Kneifl