I recently ran across an interesting organizational culture and leadership theory regarding tribes on a manager/HR website called, enviable workplace. They were discussing a popular book called Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright. A tribe is defined as any naturally-occurring group of approximately 20-150 people. They reviewed results that came from a 10-year study of 24,000 people in 24 companies. The study mapped the five stages of corporate culture and one of the book’s goals is to show leaders how to assess, identify and upgrade their tribes’ cultures, one stage at a time.
The five stages of tribal culture are as follows:
So, how does someone use tribal leadership to improve the workplace culture and get people to move from a lower stage to a higher one? Here are a few tips from the authors’ official site to reach this goal.
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What are your thoughts? Do you have other suggestions or personal stories? Please feel free to ask questions or share your experiences below.
Jeremy joined Empathia (then NEAS) in 2007 as Manager, Client Care Services, then became an Account Manager/Sales Consultant in 2012. He is also a certified wellness and tobacco cessation coach. Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Organizational Management. Prior to joining Empathia, he spent 14 years in the EAP industry in a variety of roles with another behavioral healthcare organization. Jeremy enjoys reading, photography, music, and spending time with his wife and daughters.
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