Young Adult Leadership Curriculum

Communication/Leading a Meeting
Public Policy
Sharing your Story

Leaders acquire followers who accept their influence, guidance and direction by helping to
satisfy the needs of those followers. Some examples of these needs are:

  1. To survive, every person is engaged in a continuous struggle to satisfy needs
    and relieve tension.
  2. Some means are required to satisfy a need – knowledge, tools, money, food,
    physical strength, etc.
  3. Most needs of individuals are satisfied in relationships with people of groups,
    so people and groups become the means we rely on most heavily for the
    satisfaction of our needs. (Food, clothes, education, nurturing, etc.)
  4. People actively seek out those relationships in which the other person is seen
    as having the means for satisfying their needs.
  5. People join groups because they hope that membership will offer them the
    means for satisfying their needs. On the other hand, people leave groups
    when they no longer get their needs satisfied.
  6. Group members accept influence and direction of a leader only if they regard
    him or her as a person through whose means they will get their needs
    satisfied. People follow (and permit their activities to be directed by) a leader
    whom they believe will get them what they need and want.
    People will continue to expend energy doing things that benefit others only if they feel they
    are receiving “reciprocal benefits”. There is always a limit to one-way sharing of benefits
    in human relationships.

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