Volunteering in Israel

Volunteering and leadership

Taken from Dr. Aharon York's lecture during the annual convention of "Ler" institute, which dealt with managing volunteering in "Yad Sara".
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This article was translated from Hebrew to English by Guy Bardan – Thank you!

Dr. Aharon York, the chairman of the assembling, opened it with words regarding the volunteering and leadership issue, bringing into notice insights from the social sociology and psychology. To his opinion, there are four different measures in order to inquire and examine leader's character:


1.  Mission-based leadership, which reinforces contents and assignments, as well as expressive leadership which takes care of the social texture.


2.  Authorized-democratic leadership, which deals with several  and varied leadership styles, starting from authorized leadership, which is expressed by giving-out dictates, carried on with liberal leadership and "avoidable" leadership, which enables self-fulfillment of the group's friends' abilities.


3.  Regional leadership, which applies to a limited group, area, ex. and represents various abilities, as opposed to compulsive leadership, which specializes on one certain ability/topic, seeking ex-social relationships dealing with that one certain ability.


4.  Designing leadership and rewarding leadership. The rewarding leadership induces a vision, allowing the ones being lead to act in order to fulfill the leader's vision, whereas rewarding leadership is attentive to the leader's needs and acts correspondingly.


Dr. York then stated the roles of a leader which caries various tasks: a manager, a planner, a designer of policy, an information and skill source, the decider upon the organization's structure, the rewarding one as well as the punishing one, the arbitrator as well as the mediator, the representative (mainly when a leader of minority groups, where he/she is in charge of representing the group both inside and out), the one setting an example (exemplar) and the symbol.


In his concluding words, the speaker presented a reference ladder to volunteer work, whereas "leadership" is stated as the highest measure on the ladder. The initial measure is an expression of interest in the organization, then being part of a non-obligating activity, being part mixed with a feeling of being involved "in business". From here and on, the activity becomes methodical, systematic and obligating, leading to a revelation of an initiative which it's peak is leadership.


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