Do you prefer to lead or follow? Or neither? topic # 222

Do you prefer to lead or follow? Or neither? In a work situation I enjoy leading. I am more than willing to follow, as I am certainly coachable. However, I also enjoy being officially in charge of a group. It is quite a thrill to inspire the group to work together to achieve group goals. Besides that, I enjoy training groups of people when a new program or procedure is implemented.

On the other hand, if it is a volunteer group, I prefer to be a team contributor instead of a group leader. I think the reason is that when everyone is volunteers, and thus there is no official chain of command, it is much trickier to get groups to work together and follow a leader. As a result, my tendency is to do most of the work myself if the group is sitting on their hands. That frustrates me and makes me feel overworked. Of course, I continue the codependency each time I am put in charge of the volunteer group. Thus I have decided it is best for the group if I am a key contributor rather than a team leader.
In general, though, I tend to lead in most situations. [some might say I am bossy—but I think I will tell them to stop saying that ! 😉 ]

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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2 Responses to Do you prefer to lead or follow? Or neither? topic # 222

  1. hugmamma says:

    I like the distinctions you’ve made…work and volunteering. I never would have thought of the latter scenario. But you’re right…volunteering…is volunteering. So how do you make someone who’s not paid…work? Tricky…tricky…very tricky. 😉

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I know hugmamma! That is the problem I have consistently run into—and I don’t like to make anyone do anything in the first place—I like to inspire them to do what they are supposed to do….It just has a different feel to it when it is with volunteers. People can end up with their feelings hurt or perhaps they just don’t want to be deeply involved!

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