Tony Dunne

Independent Business Owner, ACN Pacific,

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Do we know what the ratio of leaders to followers are?

Not everyone is a leader or a follower in life so my question is: If 100 people were put on a desert island and nurtured and loved. If they were equally taught leadership skills what percentage would step up to the plate and actually become leaders?

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    Aug 20 2012: Tony, When I went to school we carved in our stone tablets that 20% of the people did 80% of the work. However, as an avid volunteer I can say in our community that the figure is much worse today than when this was taught. My best guess would be some where in between 10% doing 90% of the work and 5% doing 95%.

    I base this on those who show up at church, school, community projects, volunteer efforts, youth programs, etc ... If you notice there are the same nucleus at each event.

    These are the people who organize, direct, lead, and work these events. They are indeed community leaders.

    If I have misread your term "leaders" forgive me.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Aug 20 2012: Depends on the type of people. If you had 100 congressmen there would be 100 leaders and nothing would get done.
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      Aug 20 2012: Would you get 100 leaders or 50 good leaders and 50 good lobbyers?
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        Aug 20 2012: Well in my opinion you would get 0 good leaders and 100 ineffective lobbyist. They would all perceive themselves as leaders and their agenda as a priority granted to them by their constituents by virtue of having been elected. So they would not be able to work together because each of them perceives themselves as being right and representing their constituents. They would attempt to lead their colleagues which of course have their own agendas.

        It is kinda like that now if you consider the US Senate a desert island...
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    Aug 15 2012: Leaders in what? What for? Tribe forming? Raft building? As all are already nurtured and loved, who would need leadership?
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      Aug 20 2012: Not wanting to confuse the question but its been said many times that leaders are born, if thats the case then it wouldn't matter what project they were leading.
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        Aug 20 2012: So you are advocating born leaders to lead even though there was nothing to lead about?

        This would lack any sense for me...
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    Aug 10 2012: 1 in 20
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      Aug 20 2012: sounds about right and my recruitment activities have also shown around about the same result, thanks
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    Aug 10 2012: Sometime back read somewhere or heard that in every 20 successful recruits , recruiter can get only 1 potential future leader....that means it's around 5%.....not sure how valid it is..
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      Aug 20 2012: as above, sounds about right, thanks