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Author Topic: Dilemma surrounding Coven Head  (Read 3473 times)
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« Reply #6: November 13, 2009, 07:45:25 am »

I am curious to get imput from those of you who have experience in this from either side: How does having 2 leaders work? It seems to me that if you have 2 leaders there is always one person that becomes dominant. Is it possible to actually have a completely 50-50 working relationship? Also, if the co-leaders do not live in the same town how does that affect things (our coven draws people from a 2 hour drive radius)?

The first thing to remember is that "equal" and "equitable" are two different things. It's not necessary for two leaders to have the exact same amount of work, division of tasks, etc - as long as they are fine with the division, and neither of them feels either overwhelmed or underappreciated.

In the group I trained in, our HPS did a lot of the planning and organising, but our HP was the one who'd be up for spending time on the phone or in person if people had specific problems, and he designed a lot of the more complex classwork. They'd split ritual planning (the group overall did so: initiates rotated responsibility for moons, and various combinations of people would volunteer to plan most Sabbats.) and teaching.

I think it's important for co-leaders to have some leadership-focused time together on a regular basis. That doesn't have to mean a special trip: I know people who do it by phone, or online (assuming both of them are comfortable communicating about complex issues that way.) Sometimes it's dinner once a month before or after another group event, or the co-leader showing up an hour early for group events gives enough time to touch base. (Staying late can be tricky, because then you're hoping that no one else is going to want to stick around and chat.) The group I trained with had leadership meetings about twice a month (the HPS, HP, and people with other major responsibilities in the group like teaching) to keep everyone on the same page, and that was about right for a training circle with 15-20 active people (i.e. various stuff coming up as people hit various personal issues or baggage). Once a month would probably be just fine for a smaller or more stable group.
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