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Online Pagan Leadership Education Survey:

As part of our continued improvements, a lot of suggestions include the idea of more Pagan Leadership Courses. We are asking you are members what you think? You can email your answers to Ed@witchschool.com (if you want them private) or answer in the replies.

1. Do you feel the Pagan community has good leaders? Are they trained, natural, or combination of both? What are the traits you are looking for in Pagan Leadership?

2. What do you think about leadership training through Witch School currently?

3. What do you want to see taught to future leaders through a Pagan Leadership Course?

4. In what format would you prefer an online Pagan Leadership course, video, audio, text, mixed, or other?

5. Who do you want to learn from? What qualifies them to teach Pagan Leadership?

6. Would you take a Pagan Leadership Course online? Would you want to teach a online course?

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1. Yes, although there needs to be great improvement. At this point, anyone can call themselves priest or priestess and many of them do without any education, leadership training, or even a group to call their own. It's as easy as saying a pledge to your computer and printing out your certificate. This makes for a lot of misinformation and frankly ill-trained leaders who seek their position for the wrong reasons. There is no real easy answer for the problem because of the nature of the faiths. We can only promote education and good leadership training.

2. I think it's good, but I really think there should be a chaplain program that includes how to be leaders as well as information about the religion. Most credible religious leaders have not only theology degrees but also degrees in sociology, pyschology, or counseling. These are roles that religious leaders play and should play to their community.

3. Counseling, community building, crisis management, economics, and history of Paganism.

4. All of the above.

5. Seasoned leaders, people with college degrees in the categories listed above.

6. Yes and Yes (when I finish my sociology degree I would love to teach classes on interfaith communication, public relations, intergroup dynamics, and other areas of my degree).

Pagan Leadership Course is sound good! As a chaplain is great, far better1 I believe that as a leader should be older pagan. You and Lord Don are great leaders as well as other pagans. Trained online or papers works is fine . May use text! As a future leader is to be a chaplain. I like it. It will be good for pagans.

Yes we all should be educated by schooling and actual hands on experience which there is no greater teacher than do it yourself. Practice makes perfect is true. I personally try to learn everything I possibly can, not just one religion but all. That way im educated about anyone or anything that trys to use a different religion to psychically attack me or anyone else i know. Knowledge is power, to study all things and love everything unconditionally you will be on your way to a great path........ Remember to love all, for some know not what they do because of ignorance and fear prevents them from evolving to who they should be.

I agree !

1. Yes, I am sorry for taking this answer from another. She wrote it so well! Although there needs to be great improvement. At this point, anyone can call themselves priest or priestess and many of them do without any education, leadership training, or even a group to call their own. It's as easy as saying a pledge to your computer and printing out your certificate. This makes for a lot of misinformation and frankly ill-trained leaders who seek their position for the wrong reasons. There is no real easy answer for the problem because of the nature of the faiths. We can only promote education and good leadership training.

2.I believe that the training is starting off very well. I think there needs to be a bit more training for real world work, leadership classes, counseling, pyschology, and many more classes that would make our pagan leaders are strong enough and wise enough to take on any problems the world might throw at them.

3.I would like a class for every major faith so our leaders know where people are coming from. Classes on counseling, how to raise a healthy pagan comunity, teaching our youth, a broader class on opening a temple and how to keep it running, fund raising class to teach how to set them up or, how to get the word out.

4.All of the above. Text to keep a copy to look back upon, video and or audio to hear and see it because some people learn better that way.

5.Seasoned leaders. Someone that has put the time in not just read a book.

6.Yes and Yes! I think if time is put into these classes they would be very nice. I like the idea of a chaplain type setting.

1. Do you feel the Pagan community has good leaders? Are they trained, natural, or combination of both?

Pagan leaders are truly the 1%--there are many more that call themselves leaders who are actually "Pagan managers". Those individuals fulfill a very vital need and work exceptionally hard, but there is a world of difference between being a manager and being a leader. To be a leader is a combination of natural talent/inclination and professional training.

What are the traits you are looking for in Pagan Leadership?

Here's a short list of the basic skills that are vital for a leader:
* Strong understanding of situational ethics and personal integrity
* Knowledge of one's brand/market (in paganism, this would be tradition/path)
* Effective time-management skills and organization
* Professional appearance/media presence/societally acceptable appearance
* Productive member of society (This also includes being financially/career stable--if your personal life is in chaos, you cannot lead others. Also, since leadership positions in paganism would either be nonpaying or low-paying, a pagan leader must be financially solvent before stepping into the role of leader.)
* Charismatic personality
* Active and passive listening skills
* Initiative
* Self-discipline
* Exemplary communication skills (verbal, written, body language, etc.)
* Magnanimity and persuasion abilities (both of which lend themselves to credibility)
* Assertiveness, confidence, and passion
* Professional mediation/group facilitation-dynamics training
* Technological skills and willingness to engage in continuing training
* Crisis management and continuity-of-operantions planning and execution
* Professional certification from recognized/accredited institutions

Being a pagan leader has nothing to do with leading ritual, doing spells, being skilled in magic or divination, being a HP or HPS, or other associated ideas. Those are the domain of the pagan manager.

2. What do you think about leadership training through Witch School currently?
I think it is non-existent. This site does have limited resources for training pagan management, but not pagan leaders.

3. What do you want to see taught to future leaders through a Pagan Leadership Course?
Leadership skills are non-religious first and foremost, and so the qualities needed to be taught to pagan leaders would be the same as taught through mainstream/secular leadership courses. (See the above list of qualities to be taught.)

4. In what format would you prefer an online Pagan Leadership course, video, audio, text, mixed, or other?

The best leadership training modules I've been through include a combination of on-site lecture/lab/seminar and reading general-purpose leadership guides. Video and audio are great for refreshers or for ways to sample leadership skills, but core to teaching leadership effectively is the ability to interact with a coordinator and to engage in targeted roleplay situations to actively practice leadership skills in the classroom instead of trying to experiment on followers 'in the wild'. To attempt to become a leader by practicing on spiritual seekers raises major ethical qualms for me.

5. Who do you want to learn from? What qualifies them to teach Pagan Leadership?

Again, I don't think that leadership must be taught from a religious standpoint. The best teachers on leadership out there are CEOs/COOs of myriad religions. A track record of successes (and yes, even sufficient anecdotal incidents of failures) is what really makes a person qualified to teach leadership.

6. Would you take a Pagan Leadership Course online? Would you want to teach a online course?

No...if I wish to take on a leadership role, I think I would be better served by professional training by established leaders through the in-person format mentioned above. As such, I wouldn't try to teach a course online, as I think it is ethically unsound for me to say online education can provide leadership skills. I would potentially be interested in taking pagan management courses, however, if there were qualified instructors with a proven track record that could create an engaging, in-depth curriculum.

1. Yes we do have some awesome leaders, most are natural. Strong bckgrounds as well as experience in the course they teach. We need to really tighten up and teach our new leaders well. If you look at the religions they have much more stringent standards.

2. Needs to have more intensives, like back in the day!! and some hands on training, especially for clergy/teme heads with what their states/country requirements.

3. More classes for clergy such a group dynamics, paperwork, finances, legalities.

4.mixed.

5.someone who has had some formal training in the subject and someone who has the hands on experience. a combination of both books and experience.

6. yes, yes.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the pagan leaders, with the help of witch school, the courses, being able to contact people including a huge thank you to Anna in UK.
I am struggling with ill health (gall stones and kidney) and have not been able to get into my courses, but it is the thing that keeps me going.
I would like the leadership course to be text, that way I can read it on one of my good days!, as if video or audio, (unless on cd) I could miss.
I believe that the teachers are leaders that have knowledge may be in a special area, all jack of all, but have shown
qualtities of compassion, and someone to be able to give a push or kick when needed.
I would love to one day teach a course, but at present still feel like a very small fish in a huge pond.

But a huge thank you for being there at a time of need then when found witch school and since.
Anna uk is a person that I cannot thank enough, for getting me through the last couple of years.

so thank you all very much

1. Do you feel the Pagan community has good leaders? Are they trained, natural, or a combination of both? What are the traits you are looking for in Pagan Leadership?
* A few good ones, yes. Some not so much. Traits I'd be looking for are listed in #3.

2. What do you think about leadership training through Witch School currently?
* Don't know, haven't had a good look at it yet.

3. What do you want to see taught to future leaders through a Pagan Leadership Course?
* I would second Jul about what should be taught in Pagan Leadership Course, those being:
Here's a short list of the basic skills that are vital for a leader:
* Strong understanding of situation ethics and personal integrity
* Knowledge of one's brand/market (in paganism, this would be tradition/path)
* Effective time-management skills and organization
* Professional appearance/media presence/societal acceptable appearance
* Productive member of society (This also includes being financially/career stable--if your personal life is in chaos, you cannot lead others. Also, since leadership positions in paganism would either be nonpaying or low-paying, a pagan leader must be financially solvent before stepping into the role of leader.)
* Charismatic personality
* Active and passive listening skills
* Initiative
* Self-discipline
* Exemplary communication skills (verbal, written, body language, etc.)
* Magnanimity and persuasion abilities (both of which lend themselves to credibility)
* Assertiveness, confidence, and passion
* Professional mediation/group facilitation-dynamics training
* Technological skills and willingness to engage in continuing training
* Crisis management and continuity-of-operations planning and execution
* Professional certification from recognized/accredited institutions
Being a pagan leader has nothing to do with leading ritual, doing spells, being skilled in magic or divination, being a HP or HPS, or other associated ideas. Those are the domain of the pagan manager.

4. In what format would you prefer an online Pagan Leadership course - video, audio, text, mixed, or other?
* I would like a mix of text and video for any courses.

5. Who do you want to learn from? What qualifies them to teach Pagan Leadership?
* Don't think I've met all those available yet.

6. Would you take a Pagan Leadership Course online? Would you want to teach an online course?
* I'd take one, I don't particularly care for teaching though taking on a student who wants to be there might be better than the teaching mandatory curriculum to the unwilling.

As a Chaplain is perfect for paranormal events and other duties !

1. Do you feel the Pagan community has good leaders? Are they trained, natural, or a combination of both? What are the traits you are looking for in Pagan Leadership?

Over the years, I have met a few authors of popular craft oriented books as well as high priests & priestesses of covens. Their contributions, to the community, are much appreciated. Many, I believe, were members of groups where they received formal training. Possibly some are a combination of trained and natural. I prefer not to defer to
a “leadership” per say, not only because of my solitary nature but also because hierarchy
has so many negative social consequences. Pagan elders however bring much experience, insight and intuition to the whole.

2. What do you think about leadership training through Witch School currently?

I have not yet experienced the leadership study and training offered by witch school. So
I do not have an opinion.

3. What do you want to see taught to future leaders through a Pagan Leadership Course?

I am curious to know how pagan people experience a world where dominionisms like christianity and islam are so prevalent and influential. What do community members think about laws being made for us by people with a worldview so different from ours?
What would be our political ethics?

4. In what format would you prefer an online Pagan Leadership course - video, audio, text, mixed, or other?

Mixed.

5. Who do you want to learn from? What qualifies them to teach Pagan Leadership?

These are questions any college student should ask of professors. What are the qualities of a leader? How is a Pagan a leader?

6. Would you take a Pagan Leadership Course online? Would you want to teach an online course?

I have not thought much personally, about myself in a leadership role. I cannot imagine, at this time, how that would look. Do I even want to be a leader or a teacher?

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