Mohammad: [The] leadership that we try to focus on is […] leadership that gives capability [to] the people – participatory leadership, a leadership that is built on people’s decisions, what they can do, and [their involvement]. There is a distribution of clear roles to the majority of people; there is no omission of opinions or importance of things that have to be done. There is more consultation on what each person would like to do and what they would like to learn. We also focus on [this] matter even in the projects that we do, we try to let the people show us what their needs are for education – throughout the project. It is not very important whether the project succeeds or not, what is important is the process of the journey that we go through to reach its end.
So, we focus on the [type of] leadership where we try to [..] provide supportive leadership that […] enables individuals and their development – more than looking at the results, results at the end [focus on whether] everyone was involved, if the journey experiment had participation and values that gathers everyone, if the majority [of people] accept others and people feel enabled. [If so], the results will most likely be great, but the results are not important, what is important is the process we went through to reach the results.
Loai: Yes, leadership in Beit Byout means to help others to be leaders. To be a leader in Beit Byout is different than to be one in a different place or different organization or in the private sector. This is because [in] the private sector, the type of work [required] is where hard work is built on you as an individual. However, in Beit Byout, leadership returns back to the group – the leader and the group that is with them. So, the nature of leadership here that we depend on is that every individual is a leader and responsible for the work that must be completed thoroughly.
Here in Beit Byout there is space for mistakes and learning from these mistakes, and the repetition of mistakes and learning from them until the individual reaches a stage where they are able to lead and develop themselves and improve from their capabilities – in dealing with others, thinking in projects and how they can be a leader that runs these projects the way they see best with the group that they are leading. So, essentially the idea of leadership depends on group leadership with topics, until they reach an advanced position and affect more people and give the role to the rest to try the same position – they will then decide if [they are] capable of being a leader or not be a leader.
In the end, everyone will live in and try this role, and no one will punish them if they make a mistake. Contrarily, mistakes teach you lessons on how to improve your capabilities and skills in management, communication and so on.