Being a leader isn’t what it used to be. In fact, it’s getting sort of complicated. Enter Professor David Logan. According to him, to understand the “how” of world shattering innovation we must understand the stages of tribal leadership. Sounds vwery vwery interesting doesn’t it? So, let’s dig even deeper. Here are the 5 stages of tribal leadership and how to lead your tribe with an eye for personal evolution.
Stage 1 – Life Sucks
Stage 1 is a group of people who sever relationships from functioning groups and healthy trajectories of conscious evolution. Their level of lucidity and life trauma give them the perception that life is horrible, painful and not worth living. This produces what Professor Logan calls “despairing hostility” both to themselves (suicide) and to others (murder). To help (and lead) people in this category focus on healing unresolved trauma, doing consolation tasks and meeting their basic physiological and emotional needs. 2% of population
Examples: Prisons, Theaters of War, Gangs
Stage 2 – My Life Sucks
Stage 2 cultures have become lucid (aware) of their experience and have individualized it. Unlike Stage 1, they don’t as often engage in hostility to others, but they feel despair, anger and sadness within themselves. Like Stage 1, these cultures still have a lot of unresolved trauma which result in varying pathologies and intrusion. It’s best to combine consolation tasks (fishing for them) with clarification tasks (teaching them to fish) to help them start to realize they are responsible for the reality they are creating. 25% of population
Examples: DMVs, Bureaucracies, Abuse and Rehab Centers
Stage 3 – I’m Great (and you’re not)
These tribes are full of smarty pants, power brokers and the self indulged. Basically, those living exclusively in ego (Edging God Out), which is most of us most of the time. When people lead tribes from Stage 3 to an extreme you can get mega-intruders like despots, war mongers, cult leaders, and to a lesser degree, some of my favorites – attorneys and politicians. Most people find themselves in this tribe because it’s challenging to personally evolve from serving and glorifying oneself to serving and glorifying others. With Stage 3 cultures it’s important to clarify that survival of the fittest mentalities are illusory and cooperation produces far greater results than competition. To help Stage 3 – inspire, admire and appreciate them. 48% of population
Examples: Universities, Governments, Research Institutes, Religions
Stage 4 – We’re Great
Stage 4 is where cultures move past the chronic value system disorder of today’s society. Instead of only serving the self, they embrace the nature of reality which proves we are collective and everything is connected. Stage 4 tribes start embracing the golden rule and become fun, weird, inspired, joyous, loving and awesome. Basically, they become an infinity of expressions that describe the result of “co-creation.” A group in Stage 4 has evolved from intrusion to assistance, where instead of needing clarification and consolation, it can start to provide them. To help a stage 4 – unite with them! 22% of population
Examples: Conscious capitalism, Cause Movements, Social Entrepreneurship
Stage 5 – Life is Great
Welcome to the thunderdome of tribal evolution. When a group reaches Stage 5 it has evolved from doing into being. Now, instead of half-assing the golden rule like Stage 4, they are being it all or most of the time. You might notice Stage 5 in a big way (Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa) or you might not notice them at all since they often remain anonymous, preferring to weave their impact and purpose from behind the scenes.
By it’s very nature, a Stage 5 group loves you and cares about your highest good. They do clarification tasks and assistance because they know the only way to evolve themselves is through helping others. To help a Stage 5, be the change you want to see in yourself and in the world. 2% of population
Examples: You tell me! Please, share some examples in the comments.
And remember everybody, do what Professor Logan recommends. Don’t leave tribes where you found them. Nudge them to the next level. That is what evolution is all about.