A Letter to a Leader
If you want my loyalty, and best efforts as a group member, you must take into account the following:
- I need a SENSE OF BELONGING
- A feeling that no one objects to my presence.
- A feeling that I am sincerely welcome.
- A feeling that I am honestly needed for my total self.
- I need to have a SHARE IN PLANNING THE GROUP GOALS. My need will be satisfied only when I feel that my ideas have a fair hearing.
- I need to have the idea that the goals are WITHIN REACH and that they make sense to me.
- I need to feel that what I’m doing extends beyond the group itself by CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND THE CAMPUS.
- I need to share in MAKING THE RULES OR COMMUNITY GUIDELINES of the group—the rules by which together we shall live and work toward our goals.
- I need to know in some clear detail just WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME, so that I can work confidently.
- I need to have RESPONSIBILITIES THAT CHALLENGE, that are within range of my abilities, so I feel valued.
- I need to SEE that PROGRESS is being made toward the goal we have set.
- I need to be kept informed. What I’m not UP on, I may be DOWN on.
- I need to have CONFIDENCE in our leader. Confidence based on assurance of CONSISTENT AND FAIR TREATMENT, OF RECOGNITION WHEN IT IS DUE, AND DISTRUST THAT LOYALTY WILL BRING INCREASED SECURITY.
In brief—the situation in which I find myself must make sense to me regardless of how much it makes to the leader.
ORIGINAL BY MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE; UPDATED BY THE CENTER.