When I arrived in Australia September 2nd 1996 and had my very first day at Outward Bound, I walked in to the morning meeting room and saw a sea of people in fleece jumpers and hiking boots.
I thought to myself, ‘This is my tribe!”
At last I was among like-minded people who knew the joy of sleeping under the stars, the exhilaration of physical challenge rewarded with mesmerising views, and the strange quirky banter that emerges with companions in the bush. And we dressed the same – ready for adventure.
But more than adventure and a love of wilderness, there was a sense of belonging, of being part of something bigger than me. Something meaningful, purposeful, good, that did good in the world, for people and planet.
This is, after all, what we all long for.
Brene Brown said,
“We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”
As leaders we have a core responsibility to create that sense of belonging and purpose – for ourselves, and for the people who claim us as their tribe.
Seth Godin, in his fantastic book, “Tribes”, says:
“There are tribes everywhere now, inside and outside of organizations, in public and in private, in nonprofits, in classrooms, across the planet. Every one of these tribes is yearning for leadership and connection.”
As leaders, we need to call the tribes together. Offer them an opportunity to connect – with us, with each other, and with the Big Idea or purpose.
When I was at Outward Bound, the Big Idea was to help individuals discover more of who they are in places so beautiful you couldn’t help be uplifted and inspired by the endless rugged awe of the wilderness.
Today I still claim that Big Idea as one of my central purposes – to reveal to people their inner genius. I have now focused that around doing good in and for the world. I gather leaders around me who are committed to taking on the world’s challenges, transforming them into opportunities, healing the world’s wounds, and unleashing creative ideas to craft new prosperity and abundance for all of us.
What is YOUR Big Idea? Do you dare lead? To share your Big Idea with the world, to connect others with that idea, and with each other? The world needs you.
If you want some help summoning courage, purpose, structure,and momentum, join other like-minded tribe members at the Leadership Round Table. See you there!