Friday letters: Chapin mayor a poor leader

February 14, 2014 

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— Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s definition of leadership in 1877 applies to civilians as well as military leaders:

“The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than make an army. It is possible to impart instructions and to give commands in such a manner and such a tone of voice as to inspire in the soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey; while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey.”

Mayor Skip Wilson, while chairing his first session of the Chapin Town Council, angered three council members and many citizens.

He accused them of “political cronyism” when they appointed Wendie Orr-Svoboda to the Planning Commission. The three council members have served the community faithfully for many years. They did not deserve the public thrashing or the charges he made just because he wanted a different person on the commission.

Mayor Wilson does not understand Gen. Schofield’s concept of leadership. He showed severe disrespect to his fellow workers and without a change of heart will bring the effectiveness of Chapin government to a screeching halt.

James K. Allison


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