In his fantastic book “Tribes – We Need YOU to Lead Us” Seth Godin explores leadership and the missing link, YOU stepping up!
“Big Charities, tiny clubs, struggling corporations – they’re tribes and they’re stuck. They create little of value and they’re sort of boring. Every one of those tribes, though, is a movement waiting to happen, a group of people just waiting to be energised and transformed.”
“Leadership doesn’t always start at the top, but it always manages to affect the folks at the top. In fact, most organisations are waiting for someone like you to lead them.”
Seth goes on to say that it is the “great” leaders who empower the ability to communicate throughout their tribe who create movements and this needs to be explored further.
Whilst the importance of leadership cannot be understated what is rarely thought about is the importance champions have within our communities. These are the unsung heroes who are instrumental in creating the fabric that makes the community whole. I remember vividly Sue, the cleaning lady when I started work as a young university graduate in 1990. Sue went from department to department ….. I can’t say quietly going about her work because she would chat to everyone all the time!
What was so important about Sue? Well she knew how to take someone under her wing when they were young and green or listen to a seasoned crusty just having a bad day, she knew intuitively the difference between sales people and lab people, management and production people and how to explain away the misunderstandings that always seem to develop between these groups.
There are many more special people like Sue who are never going to nor want to, lead departments, companies or organisations but these are the “Champions” amongst us.
Recognising the champions in our communities is one of the real challenges confronting leaders in our corporations and organisations today.
“Creating Champion Communities”