John Edwards (edwardsj@ANNAP1.JSC.MIL)
Thu, 27 Apr 1995 15:38:17 -0400
Gee, guys, I think you're all missing the point here. I mean, OF
COURSE we all agree that leader training is worthwhile! It's a scout
bulletin board! You expecting anyone to disagree with you?
The REAL question here is why that PARTICULAR LEADER doesn't think
it's worthwhile. That's the heart of the problem. He may have trouble at
home, trouble with being away, personal hangups, or maybe just a plain old
misunderstanding of what is involved. No one acts irrationally from their
own point of view, and your attempts at communication have apparently failed.
Before you go casting this guy as some kind of ogre, make sure
you've climbed into his moccasins. Sit down with him. Find the real issue
that is stopping him. Explain your feelings about the issue, and persuade
him to describe his. When you know what HIS values are, and why HE hasn't
chosen training, you will come up with a solution that will make both him
and you happy. In addition, you'll establish a relationship that will allow
you make every obstacle you encounter easier to overcome. THAT is leadership.
John L. Edwards
Annapolis, MD, USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City