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Re: Candidate questions/musings

On Tue, 23 Mar 2004 16:48:51 +1000, Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> said: 

> Yes, it is. And Debian's response to that was unpleasant enough that
> Bruce decided to leave two or three times.

	Hmm. You make it sound like the lack of people willing to give
 up heir ideas of right and wrong to be herded like sheep is the
 problem.  Traditionally, this is known as failure of leadershipt; You
 know ehat they call a leader with no followers?

> That other people don't want to put up with that degree of
> unpleasantness and choose to "coordinate" instead of "lead"
> shouldn't be particularly surprising.

	As far as my recollection goes, Bruce gave as good as he got
 (speaking as a lablled "bad apple"  who was a disgrace to the
 project).  I still have his parting message to us, which does still
 remain near the pinnacle of of unpleasant, rude, and offensive

> Seriously: you say you want to be lead; but are you willing to
> follow?

	Speaking personally, only when I feel I have a worthy leader
 to follow.  A leader needs have qualities that convince people that
 following him/her would be a good idea -- that would further whatever
 the followers are wont to do, and frequently, convince the followers
 that the leaders vision is better, even when it contradicts
 previously held notions of the "follower". For me, it is being able
 to trust the judgement of the leader better than my own, which
 requires a bit of a track record.

	Winning an election is rarely enough to satisfy these criteria.

> It's often said that people get involved in open source development
> because of the reputation they can build up -- doing stuff as DPL
> seems to result in nothing better than "nice, competent
> guy". Motivating, no?

	One should realize that the OP's view on these people is far
 from universal.

> But you really don't need to look any further than the "non-free"
> debate to find examples of people standing up for what they think's
> right, and trying to lead the project in that direction, and being
> shot down for being a bigot, a hypocrite, at odds with Debian's
> purpose or whatever.

	A leader is not a dictator. A leader has to get people to
 follow him -- if you do not have followers, well, I guess it is easy
 to blame the followers.

	Were it not for you stupid people out there not willing to be
 my followers, I would be the supreme  god-king out there.

> How, exactly?

	Someone who can convince most of us to trust their judgement?
 Someone who can come up with ideas, visions, and solutions that
 further the agendas of most people, enough so we go along with
 tangential tasks? Someone who inspires one, and motivates one to be
 part of their vision, and pull our wieght as a part of his team? 

> The "Bruce" lesson is a pretty easy one IMO: if we want to encourage
> people to take leadership roles and actively develop and push
> agendas to improve Debian then we need to make sure we don't have an
> environment that makes leaders like that throw hissy fits and quit
> the project.

	Ah. It was the environment, not the person. A leader can't
 always get handed things on a silver platter, you know.

> AFAIK, I'm yet to see anyone willing to give up anything much in
> order to change that though. See the "chicks in Debian" thread we
> just had on this list, eg, which was pretty much used by every
> single participant to advance their own agenda, rather than trying
> to work out a single direction we can all choose.

	Perhaps there isn't a single direction we call all choose.

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