Frank Maynard’s blog Bobwhite Blather is a must-read resource written form the perspective of a troop committee chair.
Here’s his take on top-down organizations:
The problems with a top-down organization are that its leaders never get the real picture because people tell them what they want to hear. They don’t get the benefit of the wisdom and initiative of the group. Followers in top-down organizations are slaves to the hierarchy of the system; they don’t have the freedom they need to find their own way toward the understood goals.
If our troops become hierarchical, top-down organizations we’ve missed the whole point of the Scouting idea. Our initiative does not come from the top of the pyramid on an organizational chart but from the base, the Scouts.