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The Calm Created by
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issenting points of view can
be hard to appreciate. Because
they tend to counter existing
association or student council
norms, people may see such
viewpoints as negative and unsupportive.
If the critics are not members of the
organization's leadership, their ideas may
be given less credibility because those in
charge may believe the nonconforming
group has not "earned" the right to voice
objections or suggestions.
It is not unusual for suggestions from
disrupters to go through an unofficial
filtering process. The outcome may
change depending on the perceived
value of the suggestion and leaders'
willingness to listen with an open mind.
The filtering process will typically
follow this pattern:
1. A disruptive person suggests a
contrarian or nontraditional idea.
2. This idea is discounted privately
or publicly by stakeholders in the
leadership decision-making group.
3. The disrupter is personally
discounted and his or her credibility
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4. Current (offended) organization
heads seek allies to support their
efforts and programs.
5. If it has validity, the disruptive idea
is discussed in various venues and
starts to gain support.
6. The organization recognizes
support shifting in favor of the
disrupter's idea and embraces the
idea and/or says it supported the
idea all along, thus co-opting it.
7. The disrupter is recognized
as a genius, thought leader, or
cutting-edge guru, creating
the transformation from rebel
(i.e., outsider) to accepted member
(i.e., one of us) who is included in
the leadership structure.
Disruptive leaders have changed our
world-but their ideas are often met
with skepticism and resistance. The
following individuals were marginalized
because of their nontraditional actions:
■ Rosa Parks. She refused to give up
her bus seat, and, as a result, raised
the stakes in the fight for equality.
■ Steve Jobs. He's a status-quo
changer for reasons you're already
aware of as you read this article
on your iPad or listen to music on
■ Howard Schultz. This Starbucks
CEO charged a premium price
for coffee and expanded the
■ Garth Brooks. He marketed his
music outside of mainstream
delivery methods and "exclusive"
agreements with retailers,
creating a new norm.
■ Elon Musk. This Tesla Motors
CEO made his electric car
technology available to the
automotive industry for free with
the goal of increasing electric car
production to eliminate pollution
from fossil-fuel-powered auto
Not all disruptive ideas need to
have a global impact to be worthy
of consideration. Being receptive to
local disruptive voices can provide
great benefits and have a positive
impact on your program.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition
Questions & Answers
From the Director
Building a Buzz
The Calm Created by Disruption
Giving Students a Voice
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Things to Do
Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition