Do you want to accelerate community development?
Do you want to lead
communities to survive challenges in difficult times?
Coaching & Developing Community Leaders
There are many types of leadership, from passive through aggressive, from
democratic to fascist, from zero to hero. Small and mid-range community members
need to learn complex, cooperative skills to survive, let alone prosper. In a
rapidly changing world, the consequences of error can be extreme.
Don't Step in the Leadership
Community leaders attempt to accomplish
community goals by organizing people and resources. But poor leaders may use
ineffective or outdated leadership skills, hoping that what they learned in high
school football or the military might be applied to a community who may
dislike the idea of leaders.
The resulting frustration may cause wannabe leaders to
blame community members for being disruptive or for
deliberately sabotaging the leader's goals. Such behavior increases the
suspicion of the community that leaders are an expensive
Common community goals include:
Survival, Respect, Stability, Success, Relationships, Evolution and Influence.
Reaching these goals will require that many basic goals are fulfilled, e.g.
food production, purchases of tools and supplies, repair and external services
(such as electric power, veterinary bills, architect plans ...).
Push can become shove when decision making
is discussed. In most communities, how leaders make decisions is
at least as important as their decisions.
- Most communities want better leadership
- Coaching can improve community leaders' skills
- Coaching is a good investment for people with leadership potential
Insight into Leadership Coaching
Compare leaders' wish-lists with our coaching
What Leaders Want
What Coaching Delivers
|More member satisfaction
Better client satisfaction
||More member satisfaction
Better client satisfaction
This shows how managers and coaches perceive the benefits
of leadership coaching. Coaching may not offer
the exact values that leaders most want, although clients report increased
satisfaction, better productivity and better problem solving.
Leadership coaching helps leaders make better
decisions by reviewing past decisions and considering future decisions. This
requires dissociation skills - to step out of a challenge and
study the situation as an informed outsider; emotional skills to
recognize and interpret feelings; and inspirational skills (different to persuasion and other manipulative behaviors) to transform
Dissociation is stepping out of a
context to review a problem or challenge from different positions.
Emotions are information. Leaders uncomfortable with their own emotions or the emotional elements of
their relationships may avoid or hide feelings rather than acknowledging that
their feelings and the feelings of others are essential for building and
maintaining strong relationships.
Inspiration is an
integration of insights and intuitions gained from experience. Some communities
are notoriously conservative - inspiration can provide focus and courage to
realize goals through inspired community participation.
As leaders learn to use dissociation, emotions and
inspiration, they can clarify personal and community goals. This may expose conflict
between their own goals and community goals. Some leaders strive to achieve their own
goals at the expense of their community. Balance is possible.
Types of Community Leadership Initiatives
Our systemic coaching helps leaders perceive communities in terms of
survival, hierarchies, boundaries
and partitions. Communities can be assed in a hierarchy of
leadership goals ... community leaders must have or learn skills appropriate
to the community hierarchies, boundaries and sub-groups!
Survival of ...
||Body Cells & Genes
||Create and protect children
||Provide children with family
and life skills
||Provide children with
knowledge for adulthood
||Provide families with security and
||Provide neighborhoods with life support
||Provide towns with life
||Provide countries with
||Provide countries with
||Provide country leaders with authority
||Provide countries with national culture
||Provide humanity with genetic diversity
There appear to be optimum sizes for each type of community, from
families to humanity. Larger systems spontaneously break themselves up into smaller
systems to achieve a new stability. Attempts to persuade, fix or
manipulate individual members to conform may harm or disintegrate a community.
Lead a community to lead you ...
Leading & Changing Communities
Systems thinking can help you look at human communities with a
wider perspective than individual behavior. Systems theory can identify and
interpret repeated patterns (habits) and predict the consequences to individuals,
couples and families in communities.
A community may include people who
operate well by themselves but do not integrate, and a community may suffer from
any lack of integration. You can learn to recognize the functions of a
community, and their interrelations, and diagnose problems by
recognizing the patterns of interaction. Then focus on determining future goals rather than reacting to past
trauma or disappointments.
You may know less about your
community than about any other community that you observe!
Systemic Community Coaching
Community behavior depends on its entire structure (not the
sum of its parts) including boundaries, traditions, past members and previous
challenges. A community structure determines member's behavior,
which determine family and community events. Too often, leaders only notice and respond
to events. Leaders may miss the broader scheme exposed by systemic diagnosis.
For leadership coaching to be effective ...
- Community support must be continual and firm
- Coaching goals must align with community values and needs
- Community values and needs must be articulated and shared
Some systemic principles of community leadership are:
- A community has an optimum size range
- A community seeks balance with its environment
- A community is greater than the sum of its members
- Communities are sub-systems of many larger systems
A community may experience the same problems repeatedly - many
problems will repeat. Community members typically recognize the
patterns of problems, rather than the underlying dynamics. As the members mature, they
can better recognize and deal with the underlying dynamics.
Systemic Community Behavior
Communities have predictable patterns of interactions
(cultural and community traditions) that cross generations. Community
interactions can modify these cross-generational
entanglements. We offer external observation and assistance to end these
Each community member affects all other members.
The leader's moods and actions affect all members. Community members respond to
each other's emotions in predictable ways. Many solutions create new problems -
and often a solution is worse than the problem. Our community coaching
seeks solutions that benefit all members. We help set standards for quality as well as
priorities for action.
Violation of systemic rules in human communities can lead to
dysfunctional behavior - and tragedy in subsequent generations. Cross-generational
entanglements underlie many personal and
professional problems. Restoring balance and harmony to a community can manage
emotional, physical and systemic symptoms of its members. See
Problems Create Community
While community systems create problems - problems can also create community.
We coach communities to change their structure, rather than attempting
to change individual compensation behavior.
When community systems are honored; when guilt is healed
and duties clarified; members feel enormous relief. They can
move forward with a sense of life instead of burdens of depression
We can help you solve
whatever stops you solving your problems.
Coaching, Counseling & Soulwork Therapy
I thought you were just
another therapist - but you were not just. Not even. Not only.
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