What Are the 5 Stages of Tribal Leadership?

Could you lead a team? If it’s “yes”, Could you use the same methods for “Tribal Leadership”? A tribe is more powerful than a team as it includes a bigger variety of roles and responsibilities; as well as, it contains a greater number of individuals that vary between 20 and 150 persons. Now, it’s time to know more about Tribal Leadership. 

What is Tribal Leadership?

What makes a tribe has a greater effect than another is simply its culture, which could be figured through language and behaviour and that’s how we could define Tribal Leadership.

The first thing that tribal leaders do is to specify the dominant characteristics in their tribes, then to know how they should elevate these characteristics to make them more developed and advanced. Here, we’re applying the same procedure at the workplace.

5 Stages of Tribal Leadership

The stages of tribal leadership track the development of an individual’s behaviour among the tribe so the first step the leader should take to deal with the stage is by defining it to put policies that deal with the stage’s individual behaviour. A leader’s main role is to mould actions and activities that elevate his tribe to a higher stage.

1. Despairing Hostility

The first stage is the primitive stage where every individual in the tribe feels desperate and attentive for aggressive behaviours which make them exposed to fighting, here the tribe acts like a gang, the individuals see hatred and violence as the only way for success. On this occasion, rules are broken, values are useless and there is no respect. 

The leader should construct tasks and put strategies that bear empathy between the individuals to remove“I” in “I hate life” and turn it into “We”. 

2. Apathetic Victim

In the second stage, individualism will be the controller, where every person sees himself as a victim that can’t control his destiny as the others are better than him with better skills, personality, experiences, ..etc. Negativity and pessimism are linked with this stage’s individuals, this makes them avoid responsibility and stick their faults to others.

The leader has to assign each individual an easy task that he might have thought it’s hard to do, to plant confidence in the individual’s spirit. To encourage the individual in believing that he’s great and capable of doing anything regardless of how hard it is.

3. Lone Warrior

Here, the individual moves to another stage, where he sees himself as a great individual among his tribe, he has the right to enjoy more appreciation and special treatment. The individual of this stage says: “I am great”; however, he is not. Individualism takes over here and no productive cooperation occurs, everyone looks for what makes him the best alone.

However, a good leader could make use of this stage, turning personal motivation towards individual works that need more mental effort and time, that’s how greatness could be achieved.  Gradually, the leader should involve more than one member in each task in order to build communication between them and upgrade to the higher stage.

4. Tribal Pride

At this point, “I” changes into “We”, it’s good, but still, there’s much better. The tribe sees itself as a group with higher potentials and better chances of success, which also is a part of imagination.

The tribe sees itself as a better human group than other groups which could tend to turn into generating tribal nervousness in extreme cases.

However, this stage generates the collaboration needed to be found among any tribe, it produces innovation and original ideas that help the tribe to grow stronger.

5. Innocent Wonderment

Here we reach the climax, it’s the stage where all tribe individuals think as one, regardless of any personal benefit, driven by a major goal that leads all the individuals.

Every stage of tribal leadership stages we’ve discussed represents a behavioural state and mindset that could dominate certain individuals, not the whole staff; in other words, half of your staff could be in the fifth stage, a quarter is in the fourth stage and the last quarter is the third stage, an example that could happen, and a leader should deal with.

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