Some notes on leadership

Leadership Offers You...

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
  • Conscientious
  • Consistent
  • Co-operative
  • Decisive
  • Dependable
  • Determined
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • An Example
  • Friendly
  • Genuine liking for members
  • Honest
  • Humble
  • Imaginative
  • Initiative
  • Insight
  • Integrity
  • Intelligence
  • Interested in members
  • Involved
  • Keen to learn/improve
  • Knowledge
  • Loving
  • Loyal
  • Self-control
  • Tactful
  • Trustworthy
  • Understanding
  • Versatile
  • 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)

6 Basic Principles of Leadership

(YMCA "Flashes", April 1972)

A four-foot yardstick

Back 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.)

  1. Does every Cub have a good time every time he/she comes to Cubs?
  2. Does every Cub have some skill learning every time he/she comes to Cubs?
  3. Does every Cub experience a planned opportunity to do their best every time he/she comes to Cubs?
  4. 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?
(or is every week spent playing the same old games and tying a reef knot in the same old piece of rope....)

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Last updated 22nd March 2010.

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