I’ve never read a book quite like “Tribes” by Seth Godin. I’m usually not one for books on leadership. But the subtitle grabbed my attention: We need you to lead us.
It takes a lot of courage to admit that you are a follower and need to be led. Martin Luther talked about the “priesthood of all believers.” I think he realized that he could not do it all. He needed help. I can relate to that. I need lots of help, in many different areas of my life.
But Godin didn’t spend much time talking about how to follow. Instead, most of the time he gave examples of people who lead “tribes,” and how you too can lead a tribe.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about leadership it’s that it’s really hard. I don’t know of too many people who lead out of choice…seriously. Pastors care called to congregations. That is, they are called to lead. Sometimes they don’t want to, but the Lord has need of it, so what is one to do? Take the prophet Jeremiah, for example. He wasn’t chomping at the bit to lead. But resistance to God was futile.
In the context of faith, even a leader is still following God. Learning how to follow is at least as important as learning how to lead. I believe there is one whom is worthy to follow.
We need you to lead us.