They wanted policy decisions to be made by the leader but only after input from the group. And the only time they really wanted a take-charge, decisive dictator was in times of crisis. Via Bold Endeavors: Lessons from Polar and Space Exploration : In general, Nelson found that a specific leaders status and esteem in a small Antarctic group were determined by the manner in which three types of decisions were made. First, crew members expected technical or task specific decisions to be based on consultations with the appropriate specialists and individuals involved. Second, crew members expected decisions about general or routine station policy matters that would affect all personnel, such as scheduling of housekeeping and recreational activities, to be made by the leader following consultation with the entire group.
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