Earlier this month I joined a unique group of people. I had the privilege of chatting with Ted Coiné, a friend I made on Twitter, face to face while I was on vacation. He invited me to join a group of other folks, a tribe if you will, in a virtual setting. The tribe is launched from a village called Triberr.
One of the coolest things about being in a tribe is that all members get to leverage the power of others network and others get the advantage of your network. Each time I post an article on my blog, my fellow tribe members spin it out on Twitter…all automated of course. I do the same for them. Collectively, we have a reach of over 1/4 million people. It’s all for one and one for all…to coin a phrase.
This is just one small area of my business, but the full weight of being a part of this tribe is yet to be realized. I honestly can’t see the end of it. I’m gaining greater exposure, expanding my networking and meeting some really cool people. While I’m happy to boost Triberr, this is a call to leaders. Whether you’re all geeked about Triberr or not, are you using the same principle in your leadership?
The 3 Musketeers ferociously looked out for one another. They weren’t without problems or differences, but when it really counted they always came through for the others in their group. Have politics and career chasing stripped your leadership or, worse yet, your organizational culture of this invaluable dynamic?
Imagine a group of people, leaders or not, who were laser focused on making everyone else in their group insanely successful. Call me Pollyanna if you want, but I have seen and am currently experiencing the benefit of this approach to leadership and professional relationships.
How different would your workplace look if this were the prevalent mindset? What headaches would simply dissolve if “all for one and one for all” ruled the day? Imagine a culture that embraced the idea of facilitating the success of those around you. You don’t have to wait to make this happen. Get in the habit of asking “What can I do to help you?”… and mean it!
Will you get burned? Yep. Will it make you a little salty? Absolutely. Will some people take advantage of you? You bet your jelly donut. Is it worth walking away from when it works? Not in a million years.
Drop the cynicism and begin leading like the 3 Musketeers. You will be amazed by the response you get from others. If you are known for being a leader who makes others successful, you will be considered a successful leader; one who makes a difference. Isn’t that why we’re in this game in the first place?