Leadership & Followership
There is a widespread and common understanding that any group of people intent on achieving a purpose must have a strong leader. The Gilbert & Sullivan character, The Duke of Plaza-Toro who "led his regiment from behind, (he found it less exciting)" is seen to be ridiculous. However, it is also clear that strong leadership breeds dependency amongst followers and can burden leaders with unbearable expectations. (The Charge to a Priest in the CofE Service of Ordination is an example)
However, Leadership contains a number of elements within it: vision, prophecy, decisiveness, fortitude, organisation, accountability, encouragement, and so on. This alone would suggest that within any group of people, the gifts and functions that comprise leadership might be located in different individuals and thus that at best Leadership might be shared.
New Way believes that
In this way, no one becomes dependent and no one carries too heavy a burden.
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