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Show Of Hands October 15th, 2013 2:46pm

You and 9 random strangers of your age are brought together in a situation that calls for a leader to be chosen over the course of a week. Are you likely to emerge as that leader?

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10/20/13 9:38 am

I won't be a leader but at the same time I'm sure as hell not following anyone. I'll do my own thing

10/18/13 6:44 am

Depends on what we are doing. I'm not going to take the lead if we are building a rocket.

thndrstrike Salinas, California
10/17/13 7:17 pm

I don't care what you say. I don't care what you do. I will be leader. And you will like that.

kairu Trust no one...simple
10/19/13 11:49 am

We got a bad "A" over here!

escapist xoxo
10/17/13 11:50 am

I don't like leading. I would probably end up as some kind of peace-keeper cuz I'm good at seeing many sides

10/16/13 2:18 pm

Oh, no. I wouldn't want to be stuck with a bunch of nineteen-year-olds unless they were more like me and less like the stereotypical crazy teen. But, maybe leading them would be a good choice.

10/16/13 1:38 pm

Eagle Scout, Registered Nurse, and concealed weapons holder. I'd say yes to that question

bMyComrade Beantown
10/16/13 11:57 am

Until people know me, they tend not to slot me as a leader - short female and what not - but given time, I end up in leadership roles.

Mud Constitutionalist
10/16/13 7:25 am

That situation occurred when I was on a jury. I was chosen to be the foreman almost by acclamation.

timeout Boston Strong
10/16/13 7:05 am

No, but I would probably be the one doing the most talking.

Jamin Winsted
10/16/13 5:32 am

I tend to be more of an adviser to the leader. I like making suggestions, but when it comes time to decide, I'd rather that be up to someone else

R3dzombi3 Space, probably
10/16/13 3:02 am

No, I'm not assertive enough, I can't make decisions, and people never listen to me. I wouldn't want the responsibility anyway.

DenisC NYC Rome Miami Beach
10/15/13 11:18 pm

Yes, the other 8 would be in good hands!!

10/15/13 10:21 pm

MY AGE?! Sure... and first thing I would do is have everybody go look for some youngsters to bring back, so we could all tell THEM what to do. My age group is full of leaders... we'd need to find some strapping young followers to do the work.

esubias California
10/15/13 10:06 pm

I'd like to me like second in command. If probably look to an older person. Preferably a man to be my go to guy. Not a woman.

tswaney17 California
10/15/13 9:50 pm

I tend to be the quiet one but I could see myself emerging as a leader in serious situations.

10/15/13 9:41 pm

I'm more of a second-in-command type of guy.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/15/13 9:22 pm

I'm going to do my best to be completely forgotten by the group, hoping they'll distract each other enough that I can get some stuff done.

10/15/13 9:12 pm

I'd probably become an advisor, like Grima Wormtongue

indygirl Oregon
10/15/13 9:06 pm

I don't see myself as a leader, but I get pushed into that role frequently.

10/15/13 7:38 pm

Although I have led and have leadership skills, I wouldn't say that I'd likely be chosen...but I'd emerge as the leader at some point.

hippiedude fields of green
10/15/13 6:41 pm

Maybe after a couple days and seeing how other take on the situation. I can be a pretty good leader, im normally just afraid to be in front of people

DailyAtheist Religious polls
10/15/13 5:57 pm

Although I am very qualified to lead groups in various situations, I don't have the natural "look" or charisma of a leader. I am a scrawny little Asian kid with no assertive voice. Unlikely I would be chosen to lead by strangers.

Mokiki FL
10/15/13 5:35 pm

It wholly depends on the situation but yes, most likely.

hoosierwisdom inner voice
10/15/13 5:08 pm

Yes, dammit. I can't help myself

trav Instagram, travisdover
10/15/13 5:03 pm

America -- where everyone is a leader and no one is following you

catpillow Florida West Coast
10/15/13 4:20 pm

I don't want to be a leader or a follower. I usually find solutions to problems on my own and then handle things efficiently by myself. Committees complicate matters and slow things down.

Scrazzle Winter is Coming
10/15/13 3:33 pm

Friendly reminder for everyone saying we've got too many leaders and not enough followers... We're all SOH users and pretty awesome by default. There are enough non SOHers to follow each of us.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/15/13 3:31 pm

Possible, but not if one is a physically agressive bully.

TheRCIfan Ohio
10/15/13 3:22 pm

44 of you have a nasty surprise waiting during the apocalypse.

Oboette17 Senioritis
10/15/13 3:19 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me remind you of Lord of the Flies. Often it is not the most qualified that emerges as leader when the leader is picked so early without information.

10/15/13 2:56 pm

Haha! So many leaders. Results should be 10%

fourwinds box of rain
10/15/13 2:43 pm

Haha, no way. I'm much too meek and mild.

Swarley utah
10/15/13 2:29 pm

I think if more than half of Americans were true leaders, our nation would be in a better place.

I think some of us are lying.

10/15/13 10:06 pm

Oh c'mon... out of 10 measly people you don't think you could be chosen as a leader? Jeez, I could be picked leader out of 11, or maybe even 12, for sure! :-?

Swarley utah
10/16/13 12:10 pm

I didn't say I would or wouldn't be the leader. I'm saying more than half of those that aswered the poll said they would be the leader. That is not consistant with the amount a leaders are actually acting the part. I don't believe more than 50 percent of the u.s. population is leading anyone.

10/16/13 10:55 pm

It was just humor/sarcasm, QT. Do what I tell you to and relax.

10/16/13 10:58 pm

(BTW, that was sarcasm again.)

10/15/13 2:23 pm

Yes, if the nine strangers include a seven year old wittle baby who owns a smartphone, someone named Scotty who relates everything to obama, someone named pizza who relates everything to his uncle, a cowboy, and 5 randomly selected others.

DariusM uptown baby
10/15/13 2:56 pm

that Scotty kid would be in the corner jacking off to pictures of the president

10/15/13 2:14 pm

Depends on the situation. If you need an athlete then I'm your guy but if you need somebody very intelligent then I'd probably step down.

SomeDays Atlanta
10/15/13 2:08 pm

A leader doesn't have to know how to everything themselves. They need to be a source of order and fairness in organizing the group.

political Georgia
10/15/13 1:40 pm

It depends on if I am knowledgable about a particular subject. If it is a school project, yes I am usually the leader. I have received leadership positions at my school and county; however, if the situation is something I have little knowledge on..

political Georgia
10/15/13 1:41 pm

..I will probably take the back seat, and help in anyway I can.

10/15/13 1:29 pm

I'm more of a second or third level guy. I don't take the lead unless I earn the respect first

10/15/13 1:21 pm

The racial stats are the most interesting. At the time of this comment... 71% middle eastern & 16% black. What are your thoughts?

10/15/13 1:15 pm

I would be in-contention to be leader because if I strongly believe in something I will speak my mind. But, if there is someone smarter I do bow to that.

Vincere Seattle
10/15/13 1:13 pm

So many people like to be leader, I always preferred the position of "influential second in command". Without the stresses of leadership, you can think clearly and run a puppet show from behind the scenes.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/15/13 12:41 pm

Maybe not, but you can bet I'll have the chosen leader's ear.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
10/15/13 12:41 pm

As we see in our own government, leaders are not the most qualified and not at all that intelligent. But successful leaders have the ability to surround themselves with intelligent & quality advisors. That's me, I'm best in a support role.

elianastar FreeSpeech
10/15/13 12:31 pm

I'm not going to campaign to be leader but more often than preferred I find myself in that role. Find chaos unacceptable & will take charge rather than watch group flail about. If no one else willing, I'll do it just to save my own sanity.

eddiej Virginia
10/15/13 12:19 pm

should I be the leader? yes. am I likely to become the leader? no.