ERIC Number: ED224981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-8
Grassroots Leadership Training: A Case Study of a Model in Action.
Grimshaw, William F.
Community educators need to provide grassroots leadership training, as can be seen by an examination of five points. First, a positive relationship exists between the quality of participation and the quality of leadership. Leadership should aim for team-directed action that meets member interests and concerns in the team's environment. Shared leadership activates the resources of all of a group's members in directing and conducting group tasks. Second, grassroots leadership can be taught and learned, as exemplified by the Leadership Development Program offered by the Community Leadership Training Center of Western Michigan University. Its learning objectives are trainee awareness, understanding, and use of specific skills that drive the processes of group communication, consensus formation, problem-solving, decision-making, planning, and evaluation. Skills are described in brief lectures followed by trainees' working on a structured experience. In a processing stage, data of trainees' experiences are closely examined. Third, the costs of teaching and learning leadership abilities are low enough in terms of time, energy, and money to make training practical. Fourth, very few opportunities exist for grassroots people in neighborhoods to obtain leadership training. Fifth, community educators are strategically placed and qualified to deliver grassroots leadership training. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Community Education Association (Atlanta, GA, December 8, 1982).