Traits of Successful Community Founders

David Oesper

During Yana Ludwig's recent webinar, "How to Start an Intentional Community", we had a brainstorming session (there were over 120 participants) as to needed traits of successful community founders. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

  • Bravery
  • Clear communication
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Determination
  • Empathy
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneur
  • Facilitation skills
  • Financial planning skills
  • Good listener
  • Grit
  • Helping other people with their problems
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Legal know-how
  • Logistics skills
  • Mediation skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Networking skills
  • Non-negative reputation
  • Openness to feedback
  • Patience
  • Permaculture skills
  • Perserverance
  • Project management skills
  • Resilience
  • Self-Awareness
  • Vitality

Everyone in a group of intentional community founders should have some of these skills, such as integrity, but no one person, no matter how talented, has all of these skills. And that's the point. It takes a village to make a village.

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