Networks don’t depend on individually powerful leaders - rather, they need people who can bring other people together.
No one single-handedly leads a network - and if they do, it’s probably not a network. Network leadership is more about mobilising people to take action toward a common goal than about being in the spotlight.
Network leadership comes in many different shapes and sizes. Facilitating meetings, weaving connections between people, organising meetings, collating resources: these are all ways you could be leading a network.
Networks tend to defy hierarchy. Whilst organisations rely on organograms and authority to make decisions and organise their power structures, network may need to look elsewhere for useful models.
We explored possible power and decision-making structures with the Community of Practice and considered options for:
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