As folks know, I have been noodling on what a style of leadership I’ve deemed as facilitative leadership. Some may be wondering, what skills do I need to be a facilitative leader. I’ve given it some thought; it’s certainly not exhaustive and still may need some tweaking, but here’s some basics I’ve thought of so far…
- An ability to engage co-workers in a manner that is both egalitarian and fruitful; co-workers includes peers, subordinates, and superiors – granted non-equal in authority people have to also release that relationship on their side to be wholly effective, suspend it if you were, but you as the facilitative leader should not be holding onto that relationship.
- An ability to serve others and help fulfill their agenda over yours as long as it thoughtfully considers others points of view in a non-destructive manner.
- An ability to elevate the assumptions of others in a non-threatening manner, whether it be about their agendas, intentions, or ideas.
- An ability to humbly inquire on the path or agenda being taken to ensure it is right for the moment.
These four abilities/skills are my current essential feelings as to what is necessary for being a successful facilitative leader. There may be others. What would you add or change?