Where do or should we stand as community leaders?

  • With the rise of communities comes the questioning of what actually is community?
  • Can we really lead communities if we aren’t given leadership opportunities? If we haven’t been given the opportunity to prove ourselves?
  • How can we lead if the people don’t believe and trust in us?
  • How can we lead if we haven’t spent the time understanding our people?
  • How can we lead if we aren’t held accountable?
  • How can we lead if our community teams can vanish over night?
  • How can we lead if we are pressured towards the wrong goals?
  • How can we lead if we repackage courses into ‘community’?
  • How can we lead if we don’t have the power to invest back into the people?
  • How can we find truly authentic ways to bring and lead with community with a business mindset?
  • How can we move away from building community as a competitive advantage (it’s the wrong focus) and towards one of creating real care and connection?
  • How can we create channels without feeling the force and pressure to make it a community (straight away)?

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No doubt the warm and fuzzy feelings the word inspires allows it to be a useful political tool in more ways than one. From fake communities arise fake leaders, who can claim to be the voice of broad groups of people without actually having been given any real authority to speak on their behalf (and thus, not bound by any duty towards them).

A President of an organization that serves marginalized women - for example - must earn her position through experience or a dedicated track record of service, and can lose her job if she is found to be engaging in misconduct or otherwise harming the cause. A “community leader”, however, holds no official position and cannot be deposed by anyone.