The 5 Pillars of a Successful Tribe

"No man is an island," as the saying goes. This means that as humans, we thrive better when we’re with other people. It also means that we can accomplish more — even greater things — together than alone. That’s why becoming a part of a tribe is an essential part of people’s daily lives and interactions.

What we call tribes nowadays are not necessarily individuals who are bound by culture or traditional practices. They can be our group of close friends, workmates, or community members. They are people we feel strongly bonded to and connected with. They are individuals we can trust and rely on, and who feel the same way with us. 

Are you part of a tribe? Let’s take a look at what it really means and feels like to be part of one.

What Makes a Successful Tribe

1. Authenticity

We humans love spending time with others who enjoy the same things as we do. And with our tribe, we get to be with people who share the same interests, passions, and purpose. We may even have the same dreams and fears, believe in a similar vision, and work toward a common goal. 

In our tribe, we can be our authentic selves. We can bare our soul, and be transparent and vulnerable. There are no judgements, reasons to pretend, or pressure to be perfect. Plus, we’re assured that we’re accepted and celebrated for who we truly are, unconditionally.

And when tribes are built on authenticity and shared interests, they establish genuine connections and stronger relationships. These are relationships that can and will carry you throughout the rest of your life. And that is priceless.

2. Honesty

Tribal know when and how to be honest with one another, even if it's not always the easiest option. But they stick to the truth because they know that honesty is the foundation of a good relationship

We tell our friends when they’re doing something wrong that could ultimately hurt them. We’re honest about what we really think or feel about their actions or decisions, even if we don’t see eye to eye, because we sincerely care for each other’s well-being.

On the other hand, we make sure to listen to our friends’ thoughts and opinions. While it can be embarrassing or uncomfortable at times, we’re open to see and understand things from their point of view. And we know that whatever our tribe may say, it comes from a place of genuine care, concern, and love.

We can always count on them.

tribe members outside

3. Camaraderie

Successful tribes have a strong culture of mutual trust, respect, and support.

We are team players who put each other’s needs before our own. Because of our affinity and close-knit relationships, we have genuine faith in each other’s ability to accomplish anything. We hold each other accountable, and we appreciate the value each one adds to the group.

At the same time, tribes are friends who are always available for one another. Whether it’s to help solve a problem, answer a question, consult on decisions to be made, or simply to join forces on a task, we are always ready to lend a hand or offer a comforting shoulder. We support each other in any way we can, making sure no one struggles needlessly, gets into trouble, or feels abandoned when trying to get through life alone.

Likewise, we know that we can confide in each other anytime and about anything. With our trustworthy pals, we are reminded that we’re never alone, and we feel empowered to be a better person. Your tribe lifts you up and encourages you to evolve and become a better person.

There is nothing more assuring than knowing that we’re surrounded by individuals who have faith in and are loyal to us.

4. Communication

Effective communication is a two-way street. And in successful tribes, this lies strongly in their core.

If we have things to share, we are sure to find people who will listen and resonate with your message within our tribe. When someone is excited about some good news in her/his life, we’re all genuinely excited for her/him. If a friend is facing challenges and struggles, the tribe readily backs them up – even if it simply means being empathetic and actively listening to them.

Similarly, tribes willingly listen to friends who offer new advice, experiences, ideas, or perspectives. We know that new lessons can help us learn more about ourselves and grow to become a well-rounded person. While we have a lot of things in common, we also value of diverse backgrounds and perspectives that allow us to be better individuals. 

Through all the good and the bad and everything in between, tribes are there for each member – actively communicating and collaborating with one another.

5. Fun and Positivity

The best kind of tribe are the ones who simply know how to make each other laugh, smile, and genuinely happy. We’re full of life and spirit and positivity. In times of difficulties, we know they’re the people we run to, not only for advice but also for comfort and hope. 

Tribes love having fun and celebrating each other. We get seriously excited about the great things happening in each other’s lives. One’s success is everyone’s success. One’s happiness is everyone’s happiness. And the same goes for our challenges and struggles. 

It’s inevitable that life is filled with highs and lows. And on this rollercoaster ride, there’s nothing more comforting that knowing that we have people — friends who become family and tribe — to be with us, supporting us, and cheering us on every step of the way.

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