Some teams win one championship and then quickly return to the shadows. Other teams win titles year after year. They stay at the top. These teams are known for their excellence —they continue to win, even as players come and go.

Why? What distinguishes teams with a long-term winning record from those that only experience fleeting success?

A few years ago, I discovered the theory of Tribal Leadership that provided elements to respond to these questions.

Tribal Leadership

In the book Tribal Leadership – Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright explain that every organization is a tribe, made up of 20 to 150 individuals, who evolve together in a culture that is at a certain stage of development. According to the authors, there are five development stages, and Stage Five is the highest-performing.

How did the authors come to this conclusion?

As part of a presentation, author John King reveals a phenomenon he observed over the course of his career as a management consultant: 70 % of all business strategies fail. He was shocked. After more closely analyzing this problem, he and his co-authors determined that it was happening for one specific reason: the success of a company depends on a thriving corporate culture.

Following this discovery, Logan et al. developed specific tools to promote corporate success. This is how the theory of Tribal Leadership and the five stages of group development was born.

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