Some Needs of People in Groups
(For Leaders and Officers to Keep in Mind)
If you want my loyalty, interest and best efforts as a group member, you must take into account the fact thatâ€¦
- I need a sense of belonging:
- A feeling that no one objects to my presence.
- A feeling that I am sincerely welcome.
- A feeling that I am honestly needed for myself, not just for my hands, my money or to make the group larger.
- I need to have a share in planning the group goals. (My need will be satisfied only when I feel that my ideas have had a fair hearing.)
- I need to feel that the goals are within reach and they make sense to me.
- I need to feel that what I am doing contributes to something important to human welfare - that its value extends beyond the group itself.
- I need to share in making the rules of the group - the rules by which together we shall live and work toward our goals.
- I need to know in some clear detail just what is expected of me so I can work confidently.
- I need to have responsibilities that challenge, that are within the range of my abilities and that contribute toward reaching my other personal goals.
- I need to see that progress is being made toward the goal that we have set and that I am making progress toward my other personal goals.
- I need to have confidence in our leaders and officers - confidence based upon assurance of consistent, fair treatment, recognition when it is due and appreciation for steady, consistent, contributing membership.
In brief, the situations in which I may find myself as a member must make sense to me regardless of how much sense it makes to the leader.