Leadership and Groups in Recreational Service

Leadership and Groups in Recreational Service

Leadership and Groups in Recreational Service

Leadership and Groups in Recreational Service

Synopsis

This text includes the latest theoretical developments in recreational service. Continued experimentation in the field of neuroscience has produced a great deal of rethinking about personal traits and leadership potential, in turn providing a detailed explanation of the processes and techniques of leaderhsip as it applies to the field of recerational service. The author deals with the functional aspects of leadership by providing numerous examples of how theory has been and should be applied in practical situations.

Excerpt

Leadership is a word pregnant with meaning and potential. few words are more potent or loaded with significance. Few are more inexactly used, misapplied, or misunderstood. This text has been written in part to correct such loose thinking and conceptual imprecision.

The theoretical and practical developments appearing in the relevant literature in recent years demand a new focus on leadership for the field of recreational service. Discoveries in neuroscience have brought about further assessment of personality traits, dominance, and drive in relation to leadership.

The process of communication and its implications for leadership, empowerment, and decision-making should provide a better understanding of how, when, where, and why leaders lead. the problem of getting people to cooperate on a common task with the intent of achieving a mutually beneficial outcome has invariably been a chief barrier for humans. Attention to this problem has been accelerated as the flood of information, rapid change, and complexity in society has developed to a point where little can be accomplished by the solitary individual.

Leadership and democratic practice are coterminous. Follower freedom is intimately connected to leadership function. Yet the two views may inevitably collide because effective and appropriate leadership might undermine follower autonomy. the construct of leadership suggests that one person, behaving as a leader, commands the efforts and ideas of another, while democracy insists that individual freedom be maintained so that people can define their own personal aims and ways of thinking. Complete affinity of the leadership function with autonomy for followers continues to haunt the concerns of those whose special field involves sorting out this conundrum of human behavior because leadership is a complex agglomeration of personal and behavioral elements.

What this book provides is a detailed explanation of the processes and techniques of leadership in relation to the field of recreational service in all of its ramifications. Although it is written fundamentally for students in colleges and universities who are preparing to enter the field, it should also be of considerable value to practicing recreationists, laymen who volunteer for service with recreational departments . . .

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