Collective Leadership


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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