Re: Young Eagles and Leadership
David G. Hills (Adcdave@AOL.COM)
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 22:20:27 -0400
In a message dated 96-09-11 13:56:04 EDT, Timothy J O'Leary wrote:
>The leader does not need to tell folks how to do the job. He does need to
>figure out what jobs need to get done. If he can convince Joe Smith,
>Master Carpenter, to help out on the project, then he is an absolute idiot
>if he does not take advantage of Joe Smith's superior knowledge. This is
>not abrogating leadership - it is exercising prudent leadership.
In Wood Badge this is called "using your resources". It is probably the
most important leadership skill.
For example, when the camp committee said that they needed to rewire the camp
dining hall I knew exactly how to get the job done so I volunteered. I then
called a scouter friend who is a journeyman electrician and talked him into
going to the camp with me. He did the wiring, I handed him materials and
tools, and a job that was scheduled for two weekends was done in three hours.
If a boy can learn to do this, he has demonstrated leadership. If he still
thinks the way to get the job done right is to do it yourself, then he has
failed, even though he is thinking like a lot of us adults. B^)
Dave Hills, ADC Greater Pittsburgh Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City