There’s no “I” in team. Or leader. Or group!
Why Form a Leadership Team?
Many Indivisible groups have a single leader: the person who registered the group on Indivisible’s website, who first put out the call for his or her neighbors to participate, who led the first meeting. But a single leader can’t effectively lead an Indivisible group for long. You need a leadership team to be successful. Here are just a few reasons why:
- You can’t do it all yourself. Many Indivisible group leaders started a local group in January, only to see hundreds of people at their first meeting. There are now Indivisible groups with thousands (and some even tens of thousands!) of group members! One group leader can’t do everything to guide, support, and strategize for hundreds of people.
- Diversity is strength. Your group will make better decisions with a leadership team reflecting diverse viewpoints and opinions, so you can truly consider alternatives and determine a good path forward. A leadership team including people of different races, genders, ages, backgrounds, and beliefs can more effectively debate and reflect on the group’s strategy.
- Organizers lead from behind. Remember, you’re an organizer. Organizers are leaders who build networks and coalitions to achieve big things, who are always looking for more ways for other people to get involved, take charge, and move the group forward. Organizers’ proudest moments are when they step back and the people around them are ready and able to lead the group.
So who would be a good member of your leadership team? Look for natural leaders, people who are already effectively leading members of your group.