Yesterday we “Celebrated” Presidents Day… Not sure what that means, but lets go with it. To me Presidents day is the day that we recognize two great leaders. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I think in their own right, those two Presidents did more to earn a day than any other in our history. Just for starting a Nation and keeping one alone did they demonstrate great leadership.
There are essentially three kinds of leaders, those that Pull those they lead, those that Push those being led, and those leaders that come along side and walk with the follower.
It is a matter of effective leadership. When a leader pulls the follower he will eventually get resistance. Being pulled along is like trying to get a donkey to move when it does not want to go. The struggle of getting those followers to move in the direction you desire will be difficult when people are pulled along.
Being pushed has the same result. No one likes to be pushed. We get the feeling of being forced to do something. This will get push back to the leader and as a result he can not be effective.
We need to remember the aim of leadership… to lead.. to influence others to accomplish something. Whatever that is. Be it building a Nation or planning an outing, we lead to accomplish something and do it in a manner that is effective.
When we are the leader that comes along side and walks with the follower, the follower is now in a position that he does not feel threatened. He feels that the leader is with him in the endeavor and not bossing him around. The leader has a better perspective of what we called in the Army “Ground True”. Meaning, what really is happening in a specific area. The leader is with those he leads and not sitting high on a throne dictating what needs to be accomplished. He walks shoulder to shoulder providing purpose, direction, and motivation to those being led.
That leadership style is effective. Look at the great leaders in history and you will find that they came along side and were effective leaders.
So, as we “celebrated” Presidents day and as we think about those two great leaders in our history. Think about leadership and how we are better more effective leaders. Look at your Patrol Leaders Council and see what kind of leaders you have in your troop and see if they are coming along side and leading.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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