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To Be A Leader

April 18
by
BRANDON HART
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When being a part of a population, humans find different ways to separate themselves from the norm of that population. And with doing that, some are chosen to lead and some are chose to be lead.


The author Seth Godin in his book Tribes was mainly speaking about how the individuals that are the leaders go through certain processes and experiences that come with being the head of the pack.

In my experiences of having the role of being a leader, every main topic that was brought up in this book played some type of part. Right now, I am currently a Building Manager at the Werblin Recreation Center on Busch Campus. I have been there for three years now and in the management role for two. With being in this role, not only do I have to monitor the facility at all times but I also have to be a great leader and communicate with my staff so work sometimes doesn’t feel like work.

It started by stating the fact that what you have in front of you is an opportunity that not everyone has in life.

It is then the individual’s choice as to if they want to accept this opportunity or simply let it pass you by. Once that is established, the next question the leader is to ask their self is why me and why at this moment in time.

He states that some assume people are “born leaders” and those people are the individuals that should have management positions but then informs the readers how that may not be the case and I agree with him. A person could have great leadership skills but be horrible at organizing things and managing his time. With that, comes bad management.

Back when I was a server at Mccormick and Smicks in Bridgewater, my boss knew the perfect things to say to excite the servers so we would go out and work hard but at the same time he would consistently mess up my work schedule. I began to notice that I wasn’t the only one who he was doing this to either.

At least five other servers complained about their work schedule not being updated. It then became a problem when servers wouldn’t show up to shifts because he would wait until the day of to update the schedule. The manager would then call the server screaming at them for not showing up for their shift. Once that started happening, people began quitting left and right due to his lack of caring to stay on top of updating the system. He was able to make it seem like everything was under control when it was time to open for dinner, but the author was right about stability is simply a illusion.

Another topic I could relate to was when the author began speaking about how faith and religion work with leadership. With dealing with people, religion is a sensitive subject and a great leader knows that and always takes that into consideration. Leaders are also able to understand who around them lead like themselves or are they’re simply sheepwalkers. I never heard this term before but now that I know what it means, now I take time to look at my fellow coworkers at the recreation center to see who I am surrounded by. I feel that a lot of people in our society are sheepwalkers and don’t really have any interest in leading ever but will claim that that’s what they want to do because that is what everyone else is doing.


In conclusion, I really enjoyed reading this book for class and I have taken a lot from this. I view myself as a tight leader looking to find better ways to lead others and this book was filled with relatable topics that will help me in the future. Having the knowledge on how to lead people is one thing, and now it is up to me and the rest of the people who have read this book to apply it.

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