I’m looking to revamp the way my community manages leadership roles and related privileges. (As background, this community is centered around creating and maintaining wiki content, so discussions are in service of that goal and not an end in themselves.) The structure and processes we have for leadership roles mostly aren’t working: people step up for roles, and then wander away and abandon them; and we don’t have a process for removing someone from a role. Leadership roles are currently tied with elevated privileges, and we don’t have a process for removing privileges either.
I’m intrigued by Rich’s idea of matching people to challenges, not pre-defined roles. I think this can be applied to volunteer leadership as well as to staff positions. A “role” should end when the challenge it was created to address has ended (or has changed substantially). If the person who has stepped up to address a challenge is not making progress with it, they should be asked to try a different strategy, or step aside so someone else can tackle the challenge.
My question for you all is: How does your community structure volunteer leadership roles? How do you manage succession and replacement of leaders? Any other thoughts or suggestions in this area?