Re: Turning it Over to the Boys
Richard Russell (lderlore@XMISSION.COM)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 05:31:23 -0600
On Mon, 26 Sep 1994, Blair, Bill wrote:
> The patrol system is one thing that appears to me to have application across
> all elements of the movement and a worthy subject of discussion.
> The troop I'm with was reformed about three years ago as a mixed girls and
> boys alternative to the other troop in our Group which remained for some
> time as a boys only troop. Starting from a standing start as it were, the
> scout leader found that he had to take much more control in running the
> show. Many of the scouts couldn't spell patrol leader let alone understand
> the functions of one.
> We are now three years further down the road, and partly because the scout
> leader has gone, and partly because our scouts are getting more attuned to
> the patrol system we keep talking about, they are increasingly taking on
> more of the responsibilities.
> Bill Blair
> SL Mt Painter Troop
In the leadership-skills-oriented brand of Wood Badge we do in the BSA
this idea is called: "Styles of Leadership" or "Situational Leadership."
The principle is that there are times when a more directive style by the
leader is not only appropriate but necessary. As the group develops
itself and its members, then it is appropriate (and necessary) for the
directive style to be replaced by a more democratic, or delegating style.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City