There needs to be a word like "leader" without implying hierarchy. A word for someone who is proactively collaborative.
Yeah looking to other languages may be the way to go. Not sure I like any of these:
conductor, counsellor, dean, doyen, forerunner, guide, harbinger, herald, lead, luminary, notable, pacesetter, pilot, pioneer, precursor, principal, rector, ringleader, shepherd, skipper, front runner, innovator, trailblazer, pathfinder, groundbreaker, trendsetter, guiding light, torch-bearer, pacemaker
@Gin reminded me of this practice by the Ju/’hoansi people:
“When a young man kills much meat, he comes to think of himself as a chief or a big man – and thinks of the rest of us as his servants or inferiors. We can’t accept this ... so we always speak of his meat as worthless. This way, we cool his heart and make him gentle.”
Similar insults were meted out to anyone who assumed airs and graces or got too big for their leather sandals.
@elplatt sure. Let's say we're in a group doing multiple things, either many projects or just several tasks in one project.
Then we could agree that I'd be the tovholder for a given task, and then I'd be responsible for coordinating the people who are needed to do that task, and make sure it stays on track and gets done on time. But I'm not bound to be the one doing it, and it's not necessarily me that knows how it should be done best.