Welcome to our series dedicated to answering the question; Do I need to post photos of myself all the time to be successful online?
Answer no. 3: IF YOU’RE IN THE EMPOWERMENT SPACE, IT’LL DEPEND ON YOUR LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With the exception of this series on using personal photos, at the School of Visibility we don’t use photos of me all the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you look in our feed you’ll definitely find me, being visible as the founder of the organsiation, but I’m not the main thing you see every time you pop onto our feed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s very deliberate. It’s connected to the message we’re putting into the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The message is this; at the SOV we are deeply committed to the collective rising. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s about ALL of us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m not interested in the ‘guru’ model of leadership (or even that terminology which, as an aside, I find culturally appropriative and not representative of the actual guru/student relationship). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m interested in a collaborative, circular style of leadership. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If I plastered photos of me everywhere that would be inconsistent with my leadership philosophy. Yes, it might inspire others to be more out there themselves, but it would also unconsciously embed a disempowering message in the minds of every member of the SOV community. One that perpetuates an idea of hierarchy amongst people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Given we spend so much time with our WSU members breaking down hierarchical thinking, that would go against our entire philosophy.
So we are very deliberate about the imagery we use at the SOV. With every photo we use, we’re saying, ‘This is about you. You can do this.’ That’s how we choose to empower at the SOV. It’s not the only empowerment model out there but it is the one we ascribe to. ⠀⠀
Q FOR THE DAY; What leadership or empowerment philosophy does your imagery portray?
This post is part of a larger series. You can catch the rest of this series right here.