Understanding Whānau Leadership

Understanding Whānau Leadership

Whānau leadership is related to whānau priorities and whānau strengths. Leadership for one whānau might give emphasis to sound economic planning; for another, it might be leadership in mātauranga Māori, or in te reo Māori, or in education or in sport. But all leaders will help provide direction for whānau in modern times. Underlying all those forms of leadership there are common qualities. They include a capacity to form working relationships, an ability to look past day-to-day problems, a focus on the future, an ability to lead from behind, connections with other leaders beyond the whānau, and a willingness to carry responsibility and the hopes – and burdens of whānau.