Leadership Vision Statement
HSC is made up of people serving people. Participants give of their time, energy, and talent to make the program possible, performing two co-op jobs. Our “Connection Team” (CT) leads the way through servant leadership.
There is a reason for calling those on the CT “connectors,” rather than “the board,” or “the leaders.” We want to communicate that the work of a Connector is a service to the group. We don’t view the leadership role as more valuable than any other role, and therefore do not have any particular rewards or benefits associated with being a Connector. Connectors are using their unique gifts in the areas of leadership, communication, and organization to make HSC function smoothly, just as other members use their talents to serve in different ways.
While each Connector provides a distinct service, together they function cooperatively as a team. There is a significant amount of input that every Connector has into the work of any other connector. All Connectors agree to keep their communication “professional” and open.
The CT, consisting of five members, is the decision-making body for HSC. The Connectors do not make decisions by voting, but instead use a consensus decision-making model. Consensus decision-making takes more time and energy, but helps all the Connectors strive for “win-win” outcomes.
The Connectors are committed to the original vision of HSC as a member-driven organization, and will seek input on major decisions from members through meetings, focus groups, and surveys. The process survey in the fall allows members* (including Connectors) to propose changes. This is the only way major changes in structure and vision happen. The new CT--including the returning CT members--is not officially established until the survey results are published. The new CT makes a commitment to support the direction of the group expressed in the survey results. In this way, we do not have leaders who sign up for the CT simply to implement personal agendas.
*LINK members participate in the surveys to give feedback to the CT, but they may not submit proposals for changes.