Leaders are not necessarily good for the group, or even clever.
I once taught a class where I felt a boy had followers, but his negative attitude to learning was dragging them down with him. A colleague told me about sociograms:
"Hand out a slip of paper to each child, marked so that you can identify them. They have to write the answer to two questions: if you could sit next to anyone in the class you wanted to, who would it be? And if you could vote for a form captain (boys for a boy, girls for a girl) who would it be? Then draw the diagram."
Sure enough, there was a cluster of boys who had given both their votes to the same lad.
I then wrote in the academic grades for each child. The ones closest to this individual had the lowest grades.
On this basis, we moved the negative leader, not down to a lower set, where he could have the same effect or worse, but up to a higher set, where the other children were success-oriented and he had the choice of shaping up or curdling in unsplendid isolation.
Somehow this experience resonates.
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