Decision making is different in communities than in corporations or non-profits in at least seven different ways. Here they are.
In the past, we’ve depended on the few to lead us. Now we must depend on the many. The key to making broad-based community leadership work is to teach more people the skills of small-p politics.
In rereading Alan Ehrenhalt’s classic book about who runs for office, I’ve rediscovered Alan’s admonition that, in breaking up power, you can disperse it “so broadly that it might as well have disappeared into thin air.” This is why new leaders, with new skills, are so badly needed in our communities today.