|Re: Can We Live Without Hierarchy?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 05:20:21 -0700 (PDT)|
A few thoughts about the leadership thing: Bosses don’t exist without employees, generals don’t exist without soldiers, and leaders don’t exist without followers. Employees and soldiers may be trapped in, and abused by, bad institutions, but followers are typically volunteers. For instance, the followers of Donald Trump or Tom Brady have simply volunteered themselves into a fan club. Whether formally institutionalized or informally self-evolved, cohousing — like virtually all social organizations — has both leaders and followers. It just does. But cohousing shuns formalized hierarchical roles like CEO, President, Chairman and so on, so the power of leaders is informal: It’s a matter of influence, not command. Influence varies from issue to issue. The leader in financial management — whose opinion about how to collect, save and spend money is well-regarded — is probably not the same leader who can influence conflict resolution or the meals program or policies for use of the Kids’ Room. Influence varies over time. Sometimes it slowly earned and accrued, sometimes it is frittered away by erratic performance. Change of life circumstance can cause someone to step forward into new leadership roles, or drop out of old ones. Theoretically, the cohousing model offers a wide range of leadership opportunities, and everyone can be a leader at something, at least sometimes. But and however … Not everyone wants to lead. Some people are happy to remain followers: Give me a meaningful task, let me do it, and thank me when I’ve done it. There is no shame in being a reliable and productive follower. It’s only followers that make leaders possible. So, does any of this shed any light on the hierarchical thing? I’m still not convinced that pursuing and smiting the demon of hierarchy is at the top of my cohousing priority list … Thanks, Philip Dowds Cornerstone Cohousing Cambridge, MA mobile: 617.460.4549 email: rpdowds [at] comcast.net <mailto:rpdowds [at] comcast.net> > On Aug 6, 2015, at 9:33 PM, Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at] gmail.com> > wrote: > > As a leader of a religious community, from a denomination that isn't > supposed to have leaders, I will say that it isn't that simple to keep > from having people in charge. > > My experience in cohousing is the same--people see some people as the > leader and see others as not the leader. When those seen as leaders > speak, others follow. Is that heirarchy or not? Is that good or not?
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