Re: Looking for adult leadrs
Dale B. Thompson (dalebt@PRIMENET.COM)
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 10:50:11 -0700
George Crowl wrote:
> Dawn Moriarty and all other Scouters short on leadership:
> You have pushed (one of) my hot button! Many people I know are
> concerned about lack of leadership in Scouting. The "general
> appeal" for leadership is usually highly ineffective, and can be
> expected to bring in a higher percentage of "problem" leaders.
> My own personal experience is that leadership can be recruited if
> serious, concentrated, continuous, and correct effort is applied.
> First: Use the published BSA method, the little booklet entitled
> "How to Select a Scoutmaster (Cubmaster, Advisor)" that says to
> convene a committee meeting, brainstorm nominees, select the most
> qualified in order, send three people to call on the top prospect
> in person, and go the next in line if turned down. Use that
> process for every leadership position if it helps.
> Second: The unit leader, committee chair, and other Scouters
> need to remember that if a parent is not asked to help in the
> first three-six months a youth is in the program, then that
> parent knows they have no responsibility in the program and will
> feel perfectly comfortable in turning you down. Make a conscious
> effort to involve every parent early on, even if just to drive to
> a campout or help with a den program. Recruit for a specific,
> limited task.
> Third: Be personally friendly, explain what you are doing, and
> invite the parent to stay for the fun parts. Be willing to have
> them do a little, not a lot. Once you have set the hook, you can
> reel them in slowly over time.
> Fourth: Instead of doing the job yourself, take the time to
> delegate, train and supervise the other volunteer(s). In the
> end, it will take less time than doing it yourself, even though
> the first time it may take more time.
> In a troop that was 80% minorities, and over 50% single-parent
> mothers, I still had a full and active committee which knew their
> jobs and served a troop of 20+ active Scouts. We never missed a
> campout due to lack of leadership. My Cubmaster and I once
> recruited four Webelos leaders and three assistants to man four
> dens. My current post committee is also full. That is not to
> say there haven't been some tough times, some scrambles, or
> discouragements, but we have been generally successful.
> Many Scouters do not know how to recruit, retain, delegate, and
> supervise other Scouters. Some Scouters do not want to "bother"
> with it, and then complain when they do not have the help they
> need. People do not volunteer, they are asked. Recruiting and
> delegating are probably the most important set of skills we can
> develop in Scouters.
> Ours is a people movement. Most parents want to help their
> children. They believe in the value of our program. Even in a
> busy world we can take advantage of that to develop the
> leadership we need.
> In Scouting,
> ____'/____ George Crowl
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All to often we (the volunteer) sit and moan about nobody loves me
nobody will volunteer, we don't have adequate or enought, the parents
won't help and on and on...........until the end of life itself
however, how many do we honestly approach, explain the duties,
responsibilities....commitment... value..... ect. in other words
how often do we as leaders, do everything, run this, run that,
double,triple, and redo things. (shows lack of trust)
how much do we NOT trust others to do a task....
how often do we discourage others. by over supervision.
a firm approach with logic, established need, (not at a pack meeting,or
troop court of honor) but in an appropriate setting gets more results
an old time professional told me that
PIG Iron is usless, however add heat and pressure and you get steel
target the correct person for the job. explain... apply pressure...
provide support.... praise.. play on their ego...
people love to be needed
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City