- leaders do not expect others to 'orbit around' them but move in such a way as to release others into their expression of gift and personality;
- leaders release creativity, freedom and self-expression but in such a way that they contribute to the beauty and symmetry of the dance of community;
- in the kind of dance I envisage, there is no 'prima ballerina' who is the focus of attention but the focus is on the beauty of the whole dance;
- within the beauty of the whole, different individuals may come to the forefront at different times but nobody hogs the limelight or tries to upstage the rest of the group;
- there will have been a choreographer, or a team of choreographers, and they will themselves be part of the dance, but anyone watching is not aware of that - just of the amazing artistry of the group (this is hidden leadership);
- sometimes the choreographers set the moves but often they are worked out together as a group;
- there is room for individual improvisation but the most impressive moments are those amazing feats of synchronization because it is the group working so well together that is so remarkable - leadership helps enable this but it requires mutual submission to achieve it;
- all the dancers are moving in time to, and being inspired by, the music of the Spirit as they dance.
I hope that this blog can be a forum for conversation about the journey that some of us are on in our understanding of such things; so do please feel free to add comments - some of you will have further insights - or to ask any questions you like.