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

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7 – Order, Control, and Discipline

There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the use of order and discipline while leading groups. Considerable attention has been focused in recent years on the free expression of thought, the avoidance of structure and boundaries that inhibit individualism and the democratic process.

Maintaining balance

As group leaders, we are oftentimes intimidated by members of a group who insist on expressing themselves whenever they are so inclined. They may be children or adults who have never learned the virtues of discipline and self-control, and they may be sufficiently self-centered to be oblivious to other persons’ feelings and thoughts. On the other hand, they may not understand the individual’s relationship ...

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