As someone who has been following the Occupy movement with some intrigue I have been pondering Brian’s last post about leaderless movements. I have visited the St Paul’s Occupy site twice recently and today I visited their newest site in London, the Bank of Ideas – a disused property owned by one of the banks recently bailed out by the British tax payer.
On each visit I have been warmly welcomed and included in discussions and even decision-making processes. To begin with it has sometimes felt awkward not knowing who to go to for information but this has forced me to speak to one of the first people I have encountered to acknowledge my inexperience and humbly ask to glean their knowledge of the situation. On each occasion I have received helpful, warm and empowering information.
In an age when I hardly need to be dependent on anyone for help (because my phone tells me everything I need to know!) it is actually quite liberating to rediscover this character of my humanity.
Having a visible, active, all-knowing leader may give us a sense of security but it may not always be the type of leadership that empowers and releases the most people. Could hidden leadership which pushes others forward and enables them to discover their own talents be a strength rather than a weakness?