Tribal Leadership

Tribal Leadership: The Key To Building Great Teams by Dave Logan (with John King and Halee Fischer-Wright) is yet another easy-reading business storybook, focused on what many middling managers enjoy hearing and already believe (like Drive). It's hugely first-person, full of name-dropping anecdotes of semi-famous folks whom the authors interviewed and breathlessly quote. Negative evidence? Not much. Confounding factors? The rôle of luck? The value of self-criticism? Ditto.

The goodness of Tribal Leadership is important: think meta, as applied to levels of self-actualization for individuals and teams. A Busy Executive Summary (adapted from Michael Batko's notes and the Farnham Street blog) might be to see organizations in five stages:

Stage Themes Motto Characteristics
1Alienation & Hostility "Life Sucks"Gangs → the lowest form of culture, rarely encountered outside prison-like situations
2Separation & Apathy "My Life Sucks"Apathetic victims → "Other people's lives seem to be working, but mine sucks."
3Superiority & Heroism "I'm Great"Dyads and dominant-submissive relationships → "I'm great" with the unstated "and you're not"; people try to outperform one another on an individual basis and put one another down, often under a veil of humor; a lone warrior culture, the "wild, wild west"; trust must be earned
4Teaming & Pride "We're Great"Triads and values-based relationships → "We're great" with the unstated "and they aren't" (another tribe, company, competition); together, radiate tribal pride; trust is assumed
5Transcendence "Life is Great"Relationships with all whose values resonate → there is no "they"; Stage 5 cultures are history-making, so far ahead that competition is irrelevant, e.g., "We are defeating cancer", not "We want to be #1"

And then? As wise comrade "Alice" asks, What happens beyond Stage 5?

Maybe Oneness? Pure Being? Total Wonder?

(cf How Great Thou Art (2005-03-16), ...) - ^z - 2019-09-21