I am an introvert who has frequently assumed leadership roles in small committed groups. Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.
I have been contemplating leadership and tribes in the blogging context and I decided to publish this post to gain reader feedback on these topics.
Introverts aren’t just less sociable than extroverts; they also engage with the world in fundamentally different ways. While outgoing “people people” savor the nuances of social interaction, loners tend to focus more on their own ideas—and on stimuli that don’t register in the minds of others. Social engagement drains them, while quiet time gives them an energy boost. All Loners Aren’t Social Misfits
Kinds of blogs
A blog can be personal providing the blogger with a personal home page, a daily diary or journal, and an archive of their favorite sites on the web.
A blog can be a business blog devoted to specific topical content and promoting that business’s brand within a niche.
A blog can be administered by a single writer who creates and publishes all or the vast majority of the content in it.
A blog can be administered by a team who share the burden of creating and publishing content and/or administration duties.
A blog can be private and only accessible to the blogger or to selected users who can use as a forum for private online conversations.
A blog can be public and be accessible to all using the internet providing a forum for users to have public conversations online.
A public blog is published with the intent of attracting targeted readers and encouraging them to contribute to the blog thereby forming a blog centered community.
In Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, Dan Pink exposes a common mistake when it comes to assumptions about motivation. Money can be a powerful motivator, but as studies performed by universities around the country reveal rewarding people financially only works to a point. Beyond that, you need autonomy and purpose.
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. Seth Godin on the tribes we lead
In his article Jack Humprey provides 7 Steps to Building A Solid Tribe and states: The word “community” is no longer sufficient to describe what we bloggers must build around ourselves and our blogs in order for us to thrive. Communities are for generic social sites. Successful bloggers build something more akin to a tribe. A brother and sisterhood of people who feel part of something special.
Nick Gilboy shared this: What leaders have in common
1. They challenge the status quo: Challenge everything. They challenge what is currently there.
2. They build a culture: “A secret language, a 7-second handshake, a way of knowing whether you are in or you are out.
3. They have curiosity: “about the people in the tribe, and about outsiders.”
4. They connect people to one-another. They allow people to achieve what they want more than anything….to be missed!”
5. All tribal leaders have charisma. BUT, you do not need charisma to be a tribal leader. Leading a tribe gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders throughout history, you will see where the charisma comes from. It comes from the leading.
6. They Commit: They commit to the cause, they commit to the tribe, they commit to the people.
Marc shares Twelve Tips for Finding or Expanding Your Tribe in his article titled How To Build Your Tribe – Finding ‘Your People’.
Joseph C. Rost reminds us that leadership is not what leaders do. Rather, leadership is what leaders and followers do together for the collective good.
In today’s society, leaders operate in a shared-powered environment with followers. No longer does a single leader have all the answers and the power to make substantial changes. Instead, today we live in world where many people participate in leadership, some as leaders and others as followers. Only when we all work together can we bring about successful changes for our mutual purposes.
I have focused on building a readership for my blogs and I have published articles some of which you will find linked to below. I do feel connected to my readers and especially to those who comment frequently. However, I do not feel that I am either part of a tribe or a leader in a tribe. How about you? Please feel free to share your opinions on leadership and tribes in blogging.
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