This past week has made me think even more about what my own role within this “project” of development that I’ve been taking on. What falls under my responsibility, and what falls under the responsibility of Juana, or other members of my Chapin (Guatemalan team)? How can I practice servant leadership, by empowering and collaborating with my Guatemalan counterparts, while still adding my own contributions to our team’s work and finding ways to take advantage of my own strengths?
I thought about this a lot last week, as Juana and I were co-leading a few stove charlas for women’s cooperatives connected to us by one of our new partner organizations. I spent hours looking through existing stove presentation materials, talking with my coworkers, organizing visuals, and overall putting together what I thought would be a great charla. That’s not to say I did it all alone – Juana helped with the process, of course – but it was me who sat down, wrote up a script, printed copies, and led ourselves in practice.