Re: Young Eagles
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 14:30:38 -0600
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> Does anyone seriously believe their grandfather would have listened to
> them at the age of 13 if GF was told to do something in a manner he did
> not feel was best?
First of all, good leadership includes using your resources, so a good
leader should be able to listen to suggestions from others and either
agree to change the way something is being done or give a reason why
things should be done a different way. So there shouldn't be a problem.
But if there is, if grandfather is committed to helping grandson become
a better leader he should be following directions. If not, grandfather
is getting in the way of the project and should be asked to step aside.
When I did my project at age 13, my grandfather wasn't in the area, so I
didn't have that to deal with. But I did tell a number of people my
parents age and older what to do (some of whom had a fair amount of
experience in landscaping (my project) ) and they did it. Much of that
was because I'd done my research beforehand, presented the idea, took
suggestions on improvements, made a final plan, and got the experienced
people working on the projects they would be best at. There is no
question in my mind that I was the one showing leadership on the
project, and that people were indeed listening to me even though I was
much younger. This may have been the case in your example as well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City