E.1. Structure of the Community-Leadership

Expectations of Leaders

All people taking leadership roles in the Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) Community are expected to participate regularly in Co-Counseling activities, keep up-to-date on the developing theory, model a commitment to human liberation from distress and oppression, and, whenever possible, attend workshops and classes led by other leaders. They are responsible for preparing people to replace themselves in their leadership roles. They should encourage all Co-Counselors to become leaders—who will develop and lead other leaders, and so on.

Individual Leadership

RC operates on the assumption that leadership is individual. Individual leadership makes accountability clear. One person is designated to lead each activity and organizational structure. All RC leaders are also encouraged to seek others’ thinking. When there is more than one leader for a workshop (done only with the approval of the International Reference Person), one person is always designated as the key leader.

Reference Persons

Reference Persons exercise judgment about their constituency or Community in a manner consistent with RC theory and the Guidelines. Reference Persons foster a cooperative group of leaders. They provide strong counseling. They encourage new leaders to emerge. They can be consulted by constituency and Community members about RC theory and practice and can help solve difficulties between members.

       REASON

Leading in the way described above demonstrates that all members of the RC Community are peers. It can nurture current leaders and develop enough additional leaders to reach everyone in the world. Encouraging each person to become a leader builds our Community and promotes individual re-emergence.

People do not lead well in isolation. We encourage leaders to find others to share in the work and assume different leadership roles. However, our experience in RC has shown that having one designated leader leads to the best outcomes. “Rotating leadership,” “co-leadership,” and “collective leadership” do not work as well in our experience.

We want to make it possible for groups to move forward based on the best thinking available. We need broad input. With time, people can reach general agreement or achieve consensus.[42] However, important decisions often should be made fairly quickly and then tested in practice. The results of such decisions can be examined by the leader and, if necessary, the decisions can be modified based on the results


[42] Consensus means agreement by the group as a whole. A working consensus means a tentative agreement that allows the group to move forward.


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