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.