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The 9th Concept - Leaders & Leadership

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Concept Nine of the Twelve Concepts for World Service states, in its short form:

"Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.

At first blush, this might seem to be at odds with the Twelfth Tradition that reminds us to place principles before personalities. However, it recognizes the fact that AA members will permit themselves to be lead but they do not generally suffer being told what to do. As Bill Wilson said, it is like we are saying to our leaders, "Act for us, but don't boss us."

If AA is to survive to be able to help more suffering alcoholics, it is imperative that we all find and support the very best General Service Representatives ("GSR's") -- after all, they are the ones who select District Committee Members ("DCM's") and who ultimately select Delegates to the Conference.


Do we fully appreciate all the time and devotion our current GSR's donate as a labor of love on our behalf? Do we support them when asked? If we think we have talents and gifts that could be used on behalf of AA shouldn't we get into action?

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