Choose a Collaborative Leader (within the Action Team)
“When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves’.”
Community Led Impact Partnerships require a different style of leadership than, let’s say, a change process within an organisation. The CLIP Process relies greatly on collaboration and so the leader as “the hero leading the change” is not suitable.
Since everyone within the CLIP Process is more or less on an equal footing, where all voices and ideas are equally valid, the leader is not in control of the Action Team but has responsibility for guiding and coordinating the process. This means that the Action Team decides upon and carries out actions to accomplish its goals. The Collaborative Leader must lead the CLIP Process rather than lead the group.
Typical characteristics of a Collaborative Leader:
- Jointly decide on a Collaborative Leader for your project. This might be the person who convened the Action Team or someone else within the Action Team.
- Consider rotating the role amongst those willing to take the role. Alternatively, your team might appoint a trained facilitator to lead the process.