So much of our power, as leaders, lies in creating space: not spaces for us to broadcast or control, but rather to facilitate, and to listen. There are times when we need our formal voice, when we can use the power that comes from our position within the hierarchy, to start a journey, to set a direction, to impart momentum, but rarely can we make the whole journey with this type of power alone.
Social Leaders do this by creating spaces, and having the humility to step back: to create the conditions for a community to engage, to thrive. They engage to show respect, to share resources, to recognise achievement, but rarely to moderate, dominate, or simply control.
Social Leaders create spaces for others to thrive within: sometimes leadership is not what you take, but what you give.