There are a lot of people out there held to be “leaders” in the preparedness and liberty community. More often than not, these individuals are looked to for what they say rather than what they do by virtue of the communication tool (blog, website, whatever). If you’re looking to set up or join a NPT for example, here are a few things that genuine leaders will and won’t do when getting the team moving to achieve a particular result or series of results:
- Are honest with themselves and their team on objectives, acceptable conduct and performance.
- Hold themselves to the same standards they set for their team.
- Set the example by action (leading from the front) rather than by using censure and ridicule (Actions, not words).
- Train the team, and then delegate authority to get the task successfully completed, and then GET OUT OF THE WAY.
- Are up front with their team (see “honesty” above).
- Communicate openly with them.
- Constantly work to build trust within the team and earn trust from the team.
- Constantly work to earn respect from the team.
- Say what they mean and mean what they say.
- Don’t incite the team to do something the leader refuses to even attempt.
- Don’t blame the team for failure; they take full responsibility.
- Don’t accept the praise that belongs to the team; they point all the praise to the team members.
Moral of this short story? If you’re involved in any network, group, affiliation, fraternal organization, NPT or whatever, and the leader isn’t doing the above, you might want to reconsider your involvement.