Oxford dictionary definition of ‘tribe’ is –
“A social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognised leader.”
Modern societies are diverse, cosmopolitan and fluid. Tribes and their leaders are not fixed. Leadership is made out to be something much bigger than ourselves when in fact it is embedded in things we do that have a fundamental impact on other lives while we are unaware of that impact. We are just being ourselves – kind and compassionate, funny and silly.
Marianne Williamson said that our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
One of Saagar’s flatmates was a hidden singer. One day he invited her to join his band for rehearsals and see how she felt. They casually asked her to sing with them, which she did. Soon she became a star in their band. She sang beautifully at his memorial and recounted this story to me.
We need to value the impact we have on each other’s lives more than money, power, influence and titles. We need to create opportunities for one another, acknowledge it when someone else adds to our life, thank them for it and pay it forward.
This is our tribe and in our own special way, we all are leaders.