The “Facilitator as Savior” Syndrome

At its best, facilitating dialogue feels fluid and dynamic. You feel like you’re “on,” feedback is positive, and groups experience transformations in their perception of issues and in their solutions.  Very often, though, groups experience transformational dialogue in fits and starts, with hiccups here and there.

You, the facilitator, might notice your own feelings fluctuate through confidence and fear, clarity and frustration.  And at some point, every facilitator has experienced feelings of powerlessness as a process has gone off the rails.  Who is responsible for the outcome of any process?   Let’s talk about the Facilitator as Savior Syndrome, and, how we can turn it into purposeful compassion.