The words “Pagan Leadership” are often met with scorn and tales of failed groups and so-called Witch Wars. And yet, as our communities grow and mature, we find ourselves in dire need of healthy, ethical leaders. Most Pagans have seen what doesn’t work. But what does? This anthology features over thirty authors, thirty essays, and decades of leadership experience sharing their failures and successes as leaders as wel¬l as showing you how you can become a better Pagan leader.
• Why personal work will help you become a better leader
• How to become a better communicator
• When to deal with predators in the community
• How to resolve conflicts peacefully
• Why you need bylaws when you build a group
• And much, much more!
Pagan communities are evolving. To be an effective leader you need to know how to take care of your group and yourself. In this anthology you will get tools and techniques that work and help you become a better leader as well as enrich the overlapping Pagan communities.
Excerpt from the Introduction to the Pagan Leadership
I agreed to edit this anthology, even though I knew I was
making one of my own typical mistakes as a leader—taking on too much work and
risking burnout.But sometimes it’s worth the risk, and I knew this anthology
would be an incredibly useful resource for the Pagan community.
During the process of producing the anthology, I looked
into the mirror of my shadows as a leader, journeyed through the Underworld. My
workload “plate” was already full, and I risked dropping the ball. And at times
What I’ve found, over and over, is that we (leaders) are
often the cause of many of our problems. Because we’re human, and we make
mistakes. There are things we’re good at, and things we aren’t good at. I’m
good at sitting alone in my Writing Cave and writing. I’m an introvert, and
when I get overloaded, I tend to go into communication avoidance mode; that’s
not a great pattern of behavior for editing an anthology.
I see this sort of thing happen all the time in the Pagan
community, too. Pagan leaders are often asked to fulfill roles that they aren’t
actually suited for, but they do it out of a desire to serve, and because there
may be nobody else to fill that job.
We, as leaders, don’t have to be good at everything. In
the Pagan community, the visionary is often asked to manage volunteers and
delegate, the administrator is asked to do public speaking, the artist is asked
to be the accountant, the introvert is asked to be the social greeter.
It’s crucial to be aware of our own strengths and
weaknesses, as leaders. One of the consistent patterns I see is that leaders
who step into roles that they aren’t suited for burn out far faster.