Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin: Book Review

February 17, 2017

What is a Tribe? How is it different from a crowd? Who gets to lead a tribe?

This is the first book that I'm introduced to the world of Seth Godin. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us will paint the first strokes of impressions of the author.

I initially thought the book will be about leading a company based on its mission statement and setting a culture around that statement, but I was wrong. Tribes by Seth Godin is a motivational book about leadership, not just about any group of people, a tribe.

Tribes : We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin Book Review

So, what is a tribe? 

According to Seth Godin,

"A tribe is a group of people holding a shared passionate mission. 
And they liaise with one another to spread their common interest/ideas within the community." 

Tribes don't necessarily have to happen in a corporate setting. It can happen everywhere, predominantly in the world wide web. Tribes are composed of a group of people that wanted to be part of something that mattered, doing work that’s fun and engaging, desiring to accomplish a common goal.

What is a crowd? 

A crowd is a tribe without a leader. A crowd is tribe w/o communication.

Now that I've defined terms, let's review the book. Seth Godin's, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us is a short read, you can finish in one sitting. The topics are grouped per short paragraphs, not per chapters.

Seth Godin shared lots of success stories of people who were successful in leading a tribe. All throughout the book, the author motivates the reader to lead one, insisting for as long as you want to make a difference you can do it. That's impelling!

But can I be honest? It also feels like the author only touches the surface. I wanted more depth, that's why I'm giving it 3 stars over 5.

Tribes Book Review

Overall, it was an okay read. Unfortunately, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin, is not a book I would recommend unless you really, really like motivational reads.

This book could have been a classic, but it was delivered short, well, at least for me. Though, I like that the author shared numerous success stories of people who were successful in leading a tribe and encourages the reader to lead or initiate one.


So, who gets to lead a tribe? 

Anyone who wants to make a difference and that can be YOU!

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