In the “I am your ‘boss’.”, “And I am yours.” conversation, the topic of leadership came up a lot.
There were a few different perspectives from the fishbowl panel. For instance @eric.tolson expressed appreciation for the “leading by following” precept held by the Zapatistas (what do you think of this article Eric?).
The conversation even got down to the semantics of “circle leader” vs “circle coordinator”, which @pcarmona pointed out is translated more as coordinator in Sociocracia Practica, while @TedRau expressed his preference for “leader” in English.
Indeed, many self organizing groups (like Earthaven Ecovillage, which uses modified consensus with supermajority - not sociocracy) use “focalizer”, which was mentioned in the chat, along side other variations.
So… I’m curious to hear from others:
What do you think makes a good leader in a self organizing community?
What practices, traits or tendencies are desirable?
What are the challenges and pitfalls of leading in self organizing communities?
What are the benefits?