There is a lot to say about Leadership. What it is, how to get it, how to learn it and how to do it. Within the world of Scouting there are a lot of classes. Wood Badge for the Adults and NYLT for the Youth.
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” Further on the Vision Statement is: “The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.”
Within every program of the Boy Scouts, the idea is to help the youth understand and learn Leadership and to build character. The BSA also works with the Adult Volunteers and paid Professional to be leaders as well. This is just like in the Corporate world. Many companies send employees to classes, program and conferences. Many people get their BA or MBA in fields such as Project Management that help them become leader. There is even Lean Six Sigma programs that helps people become Master Black Belts, a sort of Leader.
But, what really is Leadership? Wikipedia says this about Leadership, “”a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task” Dictionary.com says this: “a person who guides or directs a group”
We all hope that the person we follow as a leader understands the task, has a goal and can get us there. Leaders do stumble and fall. But, if we believe in them we will understand that and help them succeed since the goal is everyone’s goal.
There are other posts and blogs about Leadership. Clarke Green and Bobwhite Blather have written a lot on this subject. But, I want to focus more on what drives a person to do what THEY do? Why are YOU in Scouting? Why do you volunteer? Why do you have the job that you do? Why do you work out? Why do you pick the PTA over Scouting? How do you pick your GOALS?
I wrote a post about “Why I do what I do” awhile ago. I also wrote one “why I donate to Scouting“. I have my values and goals and a lot of them align directly with what Scouting has to say and do within life. I have gone through and been on staff at Wood Badge within Cascade Pacific Council.
But, what if your lost and have nowhere to turn? What do you do? Or how do you re-evaluate and move forward? Do you call your buddy and get a beer? Talk to your significant other? Maybe a Life Coach? Yes, maybe so.
Recently, I read an ebook by Diane Fleck. Full disclosure. I know her personally. Her son is in the Pack that I was the Cub Master for four years. Her husband is a Den Leader and an Eagle Scout. Her ebook spoke to me very personally. While she is not a Scout Volunteer and has not gone to Wood Badge, her philosophy and being aligns directly with all of that.
Within Wood Badge, you are asked to create a Ticket. Something that is personal to you that you want to change for the better. It can be about you, the Scout Unit you’re in or a process. This is something that you should do even after you have attained your Beads within Wood Badge as this is a life tool. Your ticket is to be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Within the ebook, Diana states “Your personal values are your deepest driving force. If your life and your work are not in line with your values, you simply will not be motivated.” She goes on to list very similar steps to help define your goals. What drives both Diane and those who are successful in life and in Scouting is they know the WHY of what they do. They harness that WHY and create a PURPOSE.
I shared the why I do Scouting earlier. Why do you do what you do? I would ask you to download Diane’s ebook and read it. I would also ask you to read her blog and listen to the podcasts she has. What she has to say does align with what I believe in. Classes Lean Six Sigma and college courses really did not get me to where I am today. It is trainings like Wood Badge and this ebook that speak to me and help keep moving forward.