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Creating Followers: Microleadership

  • Blind sheep do nothing but mindlessly follow instructions.
  • They don't do the local leadership required when tribe members interact.
  • They're not going to do a very good job of recruiting new members. Evangelism requires leadership.
  • People eagerly engage when they want something to improve. This microleadership is essential.
  • It's the microleaders in the trenches and their enthusiastic followers who make the difference, not the honcho who is ostensibly running the group.
  • Leaders work hard to generate movement that can transform a group into a tribe.

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Not all leadership involves getting in the face of the tribe. It takes just as much effort to successfully get out of the way. Effective leadership does not work by inciting, but by enabling others to fill the vacuum.

  • A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.
  • A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.
  • Tribes need leadership. People want connection and growth and something new. The...

It's OK to abandon the big, established, stuck tribe.

  • The first thing a leader can focus on is the act of tightening the tribe. It's tempting to make the tribe bigger, to get more members, to spread the word. This pales, however, when juxtaposed with the effects of a tighter tribe.
  • A tribe that communicates more quickly, with alacrity a...

1. Transparency really is your only option.

Some tribes are stuck. They embrace the status quo and drown out any tribe member who dares to question authority and the accepted order.

Leaders don't care very much for organizational structure or the official blessing of whatever factory they work for. They use passion and ideas to lead people, as opposed to using threats and bureaucracy to manage them.

  • The easiest thing is to react.
  • The second easiest thing is to respond.
  • But the hardest thing is to initiate.

Imagine two classrooms with similar teachers. One has 15 students, the other, 32. Which group gets a better education? The smaller class - because the teacher has more time to spend customizing the lesson to each student. She has fewer students, hence fewer disruptions as well.

  • It's uncomfortable to stand up in front of strangers.
  • It's uncomfortable to propose an idea that might fail.
  • It's uncomfortable to challenge the status quo.
  • It's uncomfortable to resist the urge to settle.

It only takes two things to turn a group of people into a tribe:

A movement is thrilling. It's the work of many people, all connected, all seeking something better.

  • Organizations are more important than ever. It's the factories we don't need.
  • Organizations give us the ability to create complex products. They provide the muscle and consistency necessary to get things to market and to back them up.
  • Organizations have the scale to care for ...

There are countless religions in our lives.

All great leaders are generous - they enable the tribe to thrive.

Leadership almost always involves thinking and acting like the underdog. That's because leaders work to change things, and the people who are winning rarely do.

1. Publish a manifesto.

Curious is the key word. It has to do with a desire to understand, a desire to try, a desire to push whatever envelope is interesting. Leaders are curious because they can't wait to find out what the group is going to do next. The changes in the tribe are what are interesting, and curiosity drive...

  • Everyone believes that what they've got is probably better than the risk and fear that come with change.
  • At first, the new thing is rarely as good as the old thing was.
  • If you need the alternative to be better than the status quo from the very start, you'll never begin.

Marketing, the verb, changed the market. The market is now a lot less impressed with average stuff for average people, and the market is a lot less impressed with loud and flashy and expensive advertising. Today, the market wants change.

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