Research shows that group members require four basic attributes in their leaders (reported in the June 1992 Pryor Report). How do these apply to you and your group?
- The leader should be viewed as "one of us," not as an outsider.
- The leader should be viewed as the "most of us," with the same norms and values of others in the group.
- The leader should be viewed as the "best of us," able to harness the group's expertise and energy to carry out the tasks of the group.
- The leader should fit the group members' expectations. What members expect varies, of course, but fairness, firmness, approachability, and consideration are often included.