Boy Led Training #1 – Understanding “The Why”

Our troop elects their leaders every March and September.  As part of ongoing training, and to develop leadership, every week after the troop meeting, the PLC meets and I join the end of the meeting with a discussion on leadership.  So for the first meeting after elections, I suggest that before they can lead, they must know where they are going.  Once they identify this, they can start developing a plan to get there.

Here’s the lesson:

People are more willing to be led when they understand the reason behind why they are being asked to do something. Be sure to explain to your Scouts, why you want them to do something. You’ll be surprised at the results.
Scouting is a game with a purpose. Everything we do should have something to do with the purpose which is to “… prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

As you develop your Vision of how you want to build your patrol and your team, understand why scouting is around in the first place. Make sure you understand the reasons behind the decisions of your leaders, never be afraid to ask “Why?”
As you share your Vision of where your team is going and what you are going to do, make sure your team understands why you are setting the goals and why you are planning the steps that you are.
Being clear and making sure that your team understands the “Why” can be critical to ensuring your success on the path to your Vision.

You can find this lesson and the other 25 in the Training for Leaders booklet that we use for our troop.

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