Toolkit – Leadership

  • This should consist of an informal interim steering committee to develop into a formal constituted body with leadership, constitution, vision, values, strategies, bank account, registration number, etc (see also “neutral” platform)
  • The South African experience suggests the following: in some cities/towns church leaders are taking the lead; in others business leaders; in others NPO leaders; in others academics; in others prayer networks; and in others a combination of church, business, NPO, prayer and academics
  • The mix of leadership representation is critical to include the different sectors, cultural groups, gender, age, skillset, etc
  • Holistic city collaboration cannot be solely church led
  • Incorporating leadership in existing networks
  • Examples of leadership teams: Board in Durban; Accountable Group in Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Qualities to include: city/town elders, council of the wise, person of peace, have a vision for city/town (bigger picture), influence, community mindset, strive towards unity, respected, team player, listen and learn, serving, not controlling, commitment, strategic insight, connector/networker
  • Importance of a neutral convenor
  • Accountability to community and other structures in city/town
  • Church leaders to lead by example
  • Leadership development towards shared values and a common lens towards the city/town process acknowledging different approaches and priorities
  • Develop a common language
  • Acknowledging that there will be ebbs, flows, peaks, and valleys
  • Effective succession of leadership