Re: Troop Leadership Requirement - Part 2
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 7 Oct 1996 23:38:07 GMT
On Oct 07, 1996 16:45:26, 'Pete Townsend <ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM>'
>I've quoted one of the many replies on the same theme. (Apologies
>to the author). These replies further the discussion in a different
>direction than I'd originally considered, but here goes ...
>Position of Leadership vs Position of Responsibility
>Are we mincing words - - playing with semantics. In the end
>analysis, a leader "assumes responsibility" to get his job done; a
>person of responsibility "assumes leadership" to get his job done.
I think the original reason behind the change in terminology (other than
Scouting's refusal to use the same terms for more than 5 minutes before
changing them :-) ) was because of the difference between line and staff
positions in an organization chart (as in corporate structure). Positions
like QM, Scribe, etc. are "staff" positions which means they involve a
function which must be accomplished to assist someone in a "line" position
to accomplish his responsibility. But, unlike the "line" positions, the
"staff" person does not fit directly into the lines of authority of the
organization. Thus, the SPL and PL have "leadership" roles because they
are part of the "chain of command" but the Scribe, QM, Librarian on have
"responsibility" for a function and their job description does not require
them to get involved in the "leadership" of the unit.
Now, I originally felt that the change was merely semantics until the
answer published in Scouting magazine where it was specifically stated that
the ONLY leadership required on the trail to Eagle was that displayed in
the project. Now, I happen not to agree with that analysis and believe
that EVERY Scout with a position of responsibility will be viewed by the
other Scouts as a "leader" by virtue of that position and, therefore, has a
responsibility to provide leadership (as in using the skills of leadership)
to the unit and to be part of solutions to problems rather than being part
of the problems themselves, and also to spot problems and work to solve
them BEFORE someone points the problem out to them. I know that this last
part is looking for Utopia, but we can hope, can't we?
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City