Fri, 9 May 1997 19:13:33 -0400 (EDT)
Ponder a different side of the equation: the followers. Do they follow
willingly or are they ordered to follow? In certain walks of life followers
are ordered to do so (a blind obedience) the qualification of the 'leader'
cannot be questioned. In our programs we must create an environment where our
'followers' will want to follow. They DO have a choice. They can leave. Based
on this freedom to depart we must teach and practice a different type or
style of leadership. Certainly, most all of the traditional traits must be
addressed , taught and be present.
But we need an attractive approach. Even 'leader'/'follower'might be
inappropriate. 'Facilitator' might
be better. We are many things to many people. We are in a position to offer
guided or self discovery to those in our ship.
The leadership style can be important. All the right stuff with all the wrong
approach or the wrong stuff with the right approach can sink a ship. The
program, the leadership (adult and youth), and the membership must be on the
same page. It must be an attractive package.
When that can be accomplished hardcore 'leadership' isn't
required because the unit moves together.......but it does take
leadership......and some very willing 'followers'
Bill Austin Skipper Ship 6