Collaborative Leadership is the New Black

I’ve been pretty quiet recently, I know. I’ve got a few posts that are just taking me days to write. In the meantime, I wanted to pass this post by my friend Miss Corinne along. Although her discussion and the chart are in regards to bosses, I realized the same can be said for any leadership role – and that includes people who organize groves, covens, etc. Sometimes we have to be a little strict, but I think folks who are “leaders” should embrace the role as a facilitator rather than dictator. In Northern Rivers Protogrove, I try really hard to give everyone a voice while respecting and keeping in the scope of the ADF tradition. We work together and I try to make it clear that, one day, I will step down and one of them will have to take the reigns! I hope I’m a good example.

A Green(ish) Life

I recently found this chart that perfectly summed up some issues I’ve been dealing with lately:


Truth! The times they are a changing, and bosses who are more concerned with exerting their supreme authority than actually inspiring the best from their employees are going the way of the dinosaurs. Collaboration is key.

Rewind to the first time I was a boss: It may have been inexperience, or it may have been that I was just drunk with my new-found power, but my management style fluctuated between complete disinterest, thinly veiled irritation at being bothered with “unnecessary’ details, followed by frantic, last-minute micromanagement, and ending with a tirade of negative reinforcement. I mean, does that inspire anyone to work harder? Maybe a Willy Loman-esque masochist with daddy-issues…

Needless to say, things did not end well with that employee, and that person is probably still out there somewhere in the world hating…

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Published by M. A. Phillips

An author and Druid living in Northern NY.

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