Conflict Scenario #2

Conflict Scenario #2 - Compounding this issue was the lack...

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Terrance McKnight ORLJ 5340 The author of this paper is a member of a fraternity. The pledge class that he was a part of was preceded one semester before by another pledge class. Before these two pledge classes were inducted, membership in the fraternity was low. Many of the members that inducted these pledge classes graduated during the same school year. Thus, in the subsequent school year, all of the members of the fraternity were a part of these two classes. Tension developed early in the school year between the two groups, due to the competitive nature of many of the individual members. Pledge classes vie against one another for bragging rights as the best class; this competition normally brings out the best talents of each group, which positively affects the fraternity as a whole. However, each member of these groups identified so blindly with his respective group that objectivity in the interest of the fraternity was negated in lieu of what was believed to be in the best interest of his pledge class.
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Unformatted text preview: Compounding this issue was the lack of any members from an objective third-party pledge class. The first pledge class held all of the positions of leadership within the fraternity, while the other pledge class comprised the general body. However, the general body did not grant authority to the leadership to lead; conversely, leadership believed that this power should have been inherent with their positions. Leadership would take credit for any activity that was done well; their logic was that great leadership must have been a factor of success. Activities that did not end as planned were blamed on the general body for being incompetent workers. The opposite was true of the general body. If an activity went well, it was because of the hard work they committed; if an activity failed, it was because the leadership did not provide adequate direction. These actions and attitudes continued within the fraternity until all of the members graduated....
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