The Leader/Teacher asks for a volunteer, and the whole tribe goes motionless and silent.
Not even a twitch of a muscle or blink of an eye . . . even as if all have encountered Medusa . . . that monster, a Gorgon, winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair.
None dare Gaze upon the Leader/Teacher’s face lest they turn to stone.
For some, this sheer FEAR of the unknown.
What will she do to me if I volunteer?
What if she calls on me, and I end up looking like a fool – not knowing the right answer.
What if I get assigned a task that I don’t like or don’t know how to do?
This is veritable social, emotional, and very personal ego GRIDLOCK!
As time passes (Each second seems an hour), it becomes a competition.
The loser will be the first one who flinches . . . or worse . . . who caves in and raises a hand.
If you’re that person, what will everyone think of you?
Who cares what “they” think about you?
Truthfully, it’s none of your business what others think of you, is it?
OMG! If you are THAT person, will they think of you as being a brown noser or teacher’s pet?
No one cares!
It’s just a game!
Volunteer with vigor!
Your enthusiasm will be contagious and others will find themselves emboldened also to volunteer.
Your demonstration of Leadership “teaches” other to remember that they, too, are leaders.
In fact, EVERYONE is a Leader once they give themselves permission to be.
Lead on my friend!
Afterthought: I learned to volunteer early and often while in the Army, because I learned more and felt more engaged and relevant. I learned that volunteering fueled my growth, my knowledge, my confidence, and my Leadership abilities. It is in doing this that I decided that wherever I am and whatever I am doing with whom. The more engaged I am, the more relevant I am.
The below came to mind as I was writing this . . . How many of y’all had to memorize this in Middle School?