Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Examples in Leadership
Examples in Leadership
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 16:39:43 -0500
> From: Branden Morris [mailto:morris@NET1PLUS.COM]
> Sent: Monday, November 02, 1998 12:28 PM
> What does bug me is the attitude that it's OK for the adults to do
> something and tell the kids that they can't. That flies in
> the face of any kind of leadership, counseling, or coaching skill I've
> been taught.
It goes way beyond the coffee-drinking discussions we've had -- if there
is one thing that burns me more than anything, it's "Do as I say not as
I do" attitude that both adult and junior leaders can have when leading
meetings, campouts, and any other activity. Real life example:
SPL: Tuck in your shirt!
Scout: But *your* shirt isn't tucked in!
Another scout: But he's allowed -- he's the SPL.
I wish I had a dollar every time I had to say "Lead by example, boys"
(and believe me, I made the point after hearing *that* discussion).
Then maybe I could pay some of the adults to behave this way as well.
I know our society (whether it's American or human) has a
rank-has-privileges or a I-can-tell-you-what-to-do-because-I-can
mentality that affects some parents, police officers, clergy members,
and, yes, even Scout leaders. If there is at least ONE lesson that our
boys leave Scouting with, I hope it's the one that the best leaders
follow their own lessons.
ASM, Troop 119