Here at Pomegranate Center we are careful to distinguish between conveners and leaders. What’s the difference?
A leader is someone in charge, who has the authority to make decisions. Our current president, for example, is a leader.
A convener, on the other hand, is someone who has the ability to bring people together, capitalize on their diverse strengths, and move an issue toward collective action. Our current president, I would argue, is not a convener.