Tribal Leadership Distilled: Paradigm, Process, and Model

Julian Bergquist (@JulianBergquist) has asked a fundamental question: What is Tribal Leadership?

However, Why, What, and How are intimately interrelated!

Why Tribal Leadership?

Consider:

See An Exploration of Industry, Culture and Revenue Growth and The Strength of Corporate Culture and the Reliability of Firm Performance for more information.

Thriving on chaos in an age of discontinuity — where the past is plagued with incoherence & inconsistency, the present is plagued with chaos and ambiguity, and the future is plagued with unpredictability & uncertainty — requires appreciating the interdependence of culture and performance to achieve organizational health (high performance cultures and thriving organizations).

What is Tribal Leadership?

Tribal Leadership is a worldview — which includes a paradigm, process, and model — that fosters organizational health (natural groups that form thriving organizations).

That is, Tribal Leadership is a proven transformational process and leadership model for fostering organizational health, which leverages natural groups to build thriving organizations by focusing on language and relationship structures within a culture.

See Tribal Leadership in a Nutshell for more information.

See Tribal Leadership in an Agile World for more information (if you are involved in Agile/Agility).

Paradigm

As a paradigm, a perspective or view, tribal leadership offers elemental concepts for engaging the world, including triads, stages, and strategies.

Transformational Process

As a process, a transformation or way of becoming, tribal leadership involves the transformation of a tribe through cultural stages and the transformation of individuals via triads.

A tribal leader focuses on upgrading a tribe (group) through cultural stages (one through five) using leverage points and stabilizing the tribe at stage four (“we’re great”) by leveraging commitment to resonant core values, aligning on a noble cause, and establishing triadic relationships.

Core values define what a tribe stands for, “principles without which life wouldn’t be worth living”. A noble cause defines what a tribe lives for, “pronouncement of a future state that a tribe will bring about through its coordinated action”. Triads are three-legged relationships where each leg of the structure is responsible for the relationship between the other two parts.

Leadership Model

As a model, a representation or way of being a leader, tribal leadership involves strategy, which is synchronized with culture, and developing other people who lead from their role and expertise.

A tribal leader sets a strategy that takes everything into account, especially the tribe itself, which involves engaging the tribe regarding values, noble cause, outcomes, assets, and behaviors.

Quintessentially, a tribal leader focuses on synchronizing culture and strategy while consistently stabilizing and effectively developing other people around them who lead from their role and expertise.

So … What is Tribal Leadership?

To Julian Bergquist‘s (@JulianBergquist) fundamental question “What is Tribal Leadership?“, I respond …

Tribal Leadership is a proven transformational process and leadership model for fostering organizational health, which leverages natural groups to build thriving organizations by focusing on language and relationship structures within a culture.

Tribal Leadership is a worldview — which includes a paradigm, process, and model — that fosters organizational health (natural groups that form thriving organizations). As a paradigm, a perspective or view, tribal leadership offers elemental concepts for engaging the world, including triadsstages, and strategies. As a process, a transformation or way of becoming, tribal leadership involves the transformation of a tribe through cultural stages and the transformation of individuals via triads. As a model, a representation or way of being a leader, tribal leadership involves strategy, which is synchronized with culture, and developing other people who lead from their role and expertise.

See Tribal Leadership in a Nutshell for more information.

See Tribal Leadership in an Agile World for more information (if you are involved in Agile/Agility).

Worldviews, Paradigms, Processes, Models

For more on worldviews, please see: Dictionary, Wikipedia, and Etymology.

For more on paradigms, please see: Dictionary, Wikipedia, and Etymology.

For more on processes, please see: Dictionary, Wikipedia, and Etymology.

For more on models, please see: Dictionary, Wikipedia, and Etymology.

One thought on “Tribal Leadership Distilled: Paradigm, Process, and Model

  1. Great article Si. Just as interesting as your succinct response to Julian is your typical use and appreciation of depth in your references. Well done!

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