February 15, 2014
Graham Hill, founder of LifeEdited, recently recommended that I read Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin. According to Godin, a tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader and an idea. As my team and collection expand, my role as a leader has become increasingly challenging. Godin makes the case that leaders are heretics who focus on generosity, authenticity and impact, not size.
"Great leaders don’t water down their message in order to make the tribe a bit bigger."
My ideas and values as a designer are distinct and have led me to envision a modern way to design, manufacture and retail clothing. We've been pretty successful thanks to an amazing group of early-adopters. Nonetheless, at times I feel the pressure to accelerate and adapt to norms. Many founders experience this chasm. Tribes reminded me that my heretical commitment to great design, and a more innovative, holistic and equitable fashion industry is smart.
"The art of leadership is understanding what you can’t compromise on."