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Collective leadership, as is presently operated in the camp, is a much different concept of leadership than we have encountered or experienced outside or indeed in the Crumlin Rd.
Collective leadership simply means leadership made up of a group of people and not by one person alone, or by some individual inn the collective group. To lead collectively in a group; is to study questions jointly, to find the best solutions, and to take decisions jointly. Collective leadership is to; benefit from the experience and capabilities of each and all, so as to lead, direct and command in a more qualitive and democratic way. In collective leadership each person must have his/her own clearly defined duties and is responsible for carrying out the decisions by the group in regards to his/her duties. This concept of leadership enables each member of the group the opportunity of
thinking and acting, and demands that each take the responsibility within their own role. It also demands that each act with initiative and demonstrate their creative capabilities with determination and freedom, and that all correctly serve the framework, which is the product of the effort and the contribution made by all the group members.
To lead collectively is also to co-ordinate the thoughts and actions of those who form the group; to derive the greatest return in the accomplishment of the group's task, within the limits of their competence and in the framework of the activities and interests of the movement. But to lead collectively is not and cannot be, as some would think, to give all and everyone the right of uncontrolled views and initiatives, still less, is it to give vent to incompetence, lack of thought or irresponsibility. Although, as the old proverb goes "two heads are better than one", the collective group of leaders must be able to distinguish between each individual member within the collective, and each person must know exactly what his/her functions are.
In the framework of collective leadership all must respect the opinions of more experienced comrades, who for their part, must help the others with less experience, to learn and improve their work. The framework will always consist of a leader, who has more individual responsibility, even though the responsibility of the group tasks fall equally on all members of the group. No single or group member can be allowed to monopolise the work and responsibility of the overall group. It is the responsibility of all members of the collective to combat and struggle against:
lack of interest: slackness: fear of responsibility: the tendency to agree with everything, and, to obey without thinking.
In collective leadership the higher bodies of the party must demand from those below - willing and constructive co-operation and The carrying out of directives in a disciplined and organised fashion. The people who the leadership represent must demand; that they provide clear direction with specific tasks to accomplish.
Leadership formed on the basis of collectivity should always combat the growth of groups; closed circles; conspiratorial sects; and the personal ambitions of individuals. sin e.
The spirit of criticism should be developed between all members of the Party. Everyone should have the opportunity to give his or her opinion about the work, the behaviour, or the actions of others. Everyone should accept criticism, wherever it comes from, as a contribution to improving the work of the Party; as a demonstration of active interest in the internal life of our organisation.
Nobody should think of criticism as to speak negatively or engaged in back-stabbing. Criticism is and should be the act of expressing an open opinion in front of those concerned, on the basis of the facts and in a spirit of fairness. The purpose of criticism is to assess The thoughts and actions of others, with the aim of improving those thoughts and actions. Criticism is to be constructive, to show proof of a sincere interest in the work of others, for the improvement of that work to the benefit of the Movement's progress.
It's the duty of all to combat those who cause dissent or take part in slander, or those who voice unfair and unfounded criticism. To assess the thoughts and actions of a comrade is not necessarily to speak ill of them. We all should challenge those who practice acts against the progress and interests of everybody; challenging face to face errors and faults, while helping others to improve their work. We should learn lessons from every mistake we make, or which others make, in order to avoid making new mistakes. Criticising a comrade does not mean fighting with him/her or making them feel a victim; it is to show them that we are all interested in his/her duty, that we are all working towards the same goal, and that his/her error harms us all.
The principle of criticism should be developed at every meeting, in all committees and departments within the Movement. In all our roles and activities we must be capable of criticising and accepting criticism. However, criticism (proof of the willingness of others to help us or our willingness to help others) must also be complemented by self-criticism (proof of our own willingness to help ourselves to improve our thoughts and actions).
All members should develop the spirit of self-criticism; the ability of each person to make a specific analysis of his/her own work and contribution. It is also to acknowledge one's own errors and discover the cause and effects of these errors. To conduct self-criticism is not merely to say: "Yes, I recognise my fault, my error and I ask forgiveness", while remaining ready to commit new faults and errors. It is not pretending to be repentant of the bad one has done, while remaining convinced deep down that it is the others who do not understand. Nor is self-criticism a clearing of conscience and the continuation of making errors.
To criticise oneself is not to pay a response or an indulgence nor to offer penance. Self-criticism is an act of: frankness; courage; comradeship; and awareness of our responsibilities; a proof of our will to accomplish, and to accomplish properly; a determination to improve constantly and to make a better contribution to the progress of our Party and struggle. Honest self-criticism does not necessarily demand absolution; it is a pledge that we make with our conscience not to commit further errors; it is to accept our responsibilities before others and to bring together all our capabilities to do more and better. To criticise is to reconstruct oneself within in order to contribute