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How to Be an Effective Group Leader by Bill D. Schul

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2 – Preparing For Leadership

Developing magnetism

A group of highly skilled behavioral scientists attended a seven-state meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, during the spring of 1971 to develop techniques for implementing the recommendations of the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth. They were professional men and women—psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, attorneys, judges, social workers—all well educated and experienced. Each of the participants stated his or her views fluently. The meeting was inundated with intellectualism. But it was getting nowhere. Some ingredient, a magnetism of some sort, was needed to pull this group together and give it new life.

It appeared for a time that the conference might come to a close with ...

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