It's an interesting concept to think that perhaps there's a leader inside each of us, no matter what our title. Seth Godin, in his book Tribes, supports this theory with 3 simple tenets: 1) Without leaders, there are no followers, 2) You're a leader, 3) We need you. He purposes that the world of leadership is drastically changing and each of us has the capacity to lead what he calls a tribe, a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea. He pushes further to say it's really not about talent or title, it's about your belief. Godin asks, 'Do you believe in what you do? Every day? It turns out belief happens to be a brilliant leadership strategy.' Could becoming a leader really be as simple as believing in what you do and being contagious about it? Do you fear you don't have what it takes? Godin says get over it. '…you've been trained for years to avoid it. I want to help you realize that you already have all the skills you need to make a huge difference…and the best thing is that you don't need to wait…you can start right now.'
Tribes is a great read, applicable to everyone on your team and those sitting in your church pews. It stirs the question 'what would our church or organization look like if everyone stepped up to lead their tribe? Interesting thought.
Sherry Surratt, Women's Initiative Director, Leadership Network