Circle Leadership: All Are Leaders
Circle Leadership is spiritually based. It is ancient and modern. It is emerging as the new leadership. It starts with each one of us saying Yes! to being a Circle Leader and encouraging others to do the same. It is heart driven matching our passions to actions. Together we become co-creators of solutions to the many problems facing a world in crises. Circle Leadership is rewarding personally and politically making a positive difference in our families, communities, organizations and the world.
Circle Leaders are dedicated to live Circle Principles. Circle Principles are found on Millionth Circle.org, Circle Connections.com and Gather The Women.org
~ Create a circle.
~ Consider it a sacred space.
~ One person speaks at a time.
~ Speak and listen from the heart.
~ Encourage and welcome diverse points of view.
~ Listen with discernment instead of judgment.
~ Share leadership and resources.
~ Decide together how decisions will be made.
~ Work toward consensus when possible.
~ Offer experience instead of advice.
~ When in doubt or need, pause and silently ask for guidance.
~ Decide together what is to be held in confidence.
~ Speak from your own experience and beliefs rather than speaking for others.
~ Open and close the circle by hearing each voice. (Check-ins and check-outs.)
Sacred circle is the most empowering setting where every voice is heard and honored. Where power is “power-with, and is shared and creativity unlimited. It is where the collective wisdom of the whole is utilized for co-creating actions that make a positive difference. Circle is the new teacher, equalizer, heaven on earth, where everyone is equally valued and equally shares the information, power, resources and love.
Naming and Claiming Circle Leadership Qualities
Women’s leadership is needed to bring the balance between a world dominated by masculine energies and perspectives. Women’s feminine qualities of caring, sharing, cooperation, befriending, tending and others are greatly needed for peacemaking, community building and caring for our planet.
Circle Conversation with a Host, Time Keeper and Recorder. Have one person serve as the Host who introduces herself and the purpose of the circle gathering. She begins the circle conversation by introducing herself, where she lives, her organization, and the leadership qualities that she values. She then passes the talking stick to the person next to her. The “talking stick” is an object which is held by the one who is speaking from her heart, while all others listen without judgment. The Time Keeper lets the person talking know when the time is up, so that equal time is given to everyone. The recorder writes down the answers without writing repeats. Each circle will have their reporter give the answers to the whole group.
The list of leadership qualities will be written on newsprint. Time will be given for everyone to see and hear these and add others. Time of silence will be given for participants to write down qualities they claim for themselves.
The Host will start the second round of conversation by telling qualities she claims for herself as a Circle Leader. She passes the “talking stick” to the person next to her. When all have shared, the Recorder will read off the list to the small circle. The Host will ask everyone to review the list on newsprint and discuss if there are any leadership qualities not claimed by the small circle that they want to add.
Discussion using the talking stick will follow about shared leadership and how collectively there are many gifts, skills and passions to make a difference. Close the small circle with insights about Circle Leadership: All Are Leaders and give appreciations to everyone for their contributions.
Close the large circle gathering with every Circle reporting out what they learned.
End the session by forming one large circle with everyone sharing in a few words how this experience has been for them. Celebrate with a song.
One Person Can Make a Difference
“Tell me the weight of a snowflake,” a coal-mouse asked a wild dove. “Nothing more than nothing” was the answer.
“In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story,” the coal-mouse said.
“I sat on the branch of a fir, close to it trunk, when it began to snow—not heavily, not in a raging blizzard –no, just like a dream, without a wound and without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741,953rd dropped on to the branch, nothing more than nothing, as you say—the branch broke off.”
Having said that, the coal-mouse flew away.
The dove, since Noah’s time an authority on the matter, thought about the story for awhile, and finally said to herself, “perhaps there is only one person’s voice lacking for peace to come to the world.”
Circle Leadership is more than being one person or one isolated circle. The one person is an integral participant of a circle that is connected to other circles that are active participants in co-creating collaborative partnerships, coalitions and networks. Circle Leaders self-organize around a common vision matching passions to actions forming Action Circles with mutual accountability. All fully participate as co-creators made up of new relationships and partnerships dedicated to living out the shared vision. We learn new ways to be resilient and thrive with the environmental, economical and political changes that are rapidly occurring, caring for ourselves, one another and Earth. We form and connect circles that sustain us, and others. We bring balance to the human community reconnecting to nature and by doing so our natural way of being interconnected with all of life.
There is a convergence of circles and circle organizations that is bringing a tipping point, the millionth circle, for peace and justice for all creation. Please join us.
This workshop and in-depth Circle Leadership programs are available through Circle Connections.com Contact Ann Smith at AnnLSmith@comcast.net
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