I would like to take issue with a point made in Why do we persist in trying to turn ourselves (and other people) into what we and they plainly are not?
The writer believes that only one or two leaders are needed to work with a very large number (tens or hundreds) of people. The following are counter-examples and counter-arguments.
- A committee typically has between 5-10 members. It needs a leader to function effectively.
- When an emergency, such as fire, earthquake or serious equipment malfunction occurs, there is not always time to bring the leader (assuming that the leader is not already busy putting out a fire elsewhere). At least one of the people dealing with the emergency needs to have leadership skills and be able to organize his colleagues as necessary to deal with the emergency.
- People with leadership skills have also better team membership skills. They would support the current endeavor’s leader and make him more effective.
- It is easier to restructure and expand the organization if external circumstances so require, if it already has high percentage of people with leadership skills.
- People with genuine leadership skills would not indulge in petty politicizing to the detriment of themselves and their fellows.