Some notes on leadership
Leadership Offers You...
- Opportunities to make a significant contribution to your community.
- Opportunities for fellowship with people of various backgrounds.
- Self development & improved self-confidence.
- Improved and new skills and capabilities.
- opportunities to express your values in action.
- Recognition and status because of the service you provide.
Some thoughts for Leaders.....
The good group leader makes himself increasingly unnecessary as the group develops - Joshua Leburn
The archer is not known by his arrow, but by his aim.
Let him who would move the world first move himself - Socrates
Youth follow the crowd - leadership determines which crowd!
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency - Arnold H Glascow
The world would be silent if no birds sang except those that sing best.
The great thing in life is not where we stand, but in which direction we are going.
The life you live is the lesson you teach
A Leader is best
When people barely know he exists
Not so good
When people obey and acclaim him
Worse when they despise him
But of a good leader who talks little
When his work is done,
His aim fulfilled,
They will say
"We did it ourselves"
- Lao.Tse (C565 B.C)
Characteristics of effective leaders...
- Common Sense
- An Example
- Genuine liking for members
- Interested in members
- Keen to learn/improve
- and some would say - slight madness
Are you a Boss, or a Leader?
The boss drives his men - the leader coaches them
The boss depends on authority - the leader depends on goodwill
The boss inspires fear - the leader inspires enthusiasm
The boss says "I" - the leader says "We"
The boss assigns the hard task - the leader beats them all to it
The boss fixes the blame for breakdowns - the leader fixes the breakdown
The boss may not know how to do it - the leader finds out and shows how
The boss makes work a drudgery - the leader makes is interesting
The boss says "go" - The leader says "Let's go"
The world needs better leaders, but nobody needs a boss.
(Valerie Calvin & Dora E.Dodge)
Points in Leadership ( - Charles Irwin)
- Leaders have a faith in something bigger than themselves
- Leaders know thenmselves. They can appraise their assets and liabilities.
- Leaders have the courage to be themselves.
- Leaders have the ability to make decisions and act on them.
- Leaders have the ability to live in the present.
- Leaders retain the capacity to grow.
- Leaders must think entirely in terms of the other person.
6 Basic Principles of Leadership
(YMCA "Flashes", April 1972)
- Act on facts, consulting others who can contribute ideas
- Be consistent in your standards
- Give recognition when due
- Promote participation
- Establish long-range and short-range goals
- Realise the effect your feelings have on your judgement.
A four-foot yardstick
in the days before the metric system a yardstick was a practical tool, much like knives and forks. While a yard had three feet, this yardstick has four. With it in hand, make periodic mental measuring trips through your weekly programs, applying the "four feet" to them.
(This note is based on guidelines suggested by the Late A.M.Harding, Director, YMCA Canada.)
(or is every week spent playing the same old games and tying a reef knot in the same old piece of rope....)
- Does every Cub have a good time every time he/she comes to Cubs?
- Does every Cub have some skill learning every time he/she comes to Cubs?
- Does every Cub experience a planned opportunity to do their best every time he/she comes to Cubs?
- Does every Cub frequently take home to his/her parents something new to show or tell about what they are or have been doing at Cubs?
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Last updated 22nd March 2010.
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