A recent article by reinvention guru Jim Mathis got me to thinking about how often we sabotage ourselves and those we lead by a tendency to be a control freak.
I’d like to continue the series of posts following up on my presentation at last fall’s University of Scouting, in which I offered some suggestions on how committee chairs could better serve their unit committees. We can do this is by viewing our responsibility the way we encourage the boys to: as servant leaders, primarily concerned with the well-being and performance of others on the committee. Continue reading “How to not be helpful”
Recently we discussed the power of asking questions. By embracing the likelihood that others’ wisdom can teach you something, you can expand your circle of influence and learn at the same time. Continue reading “Ignorance can be powerful”
Continuing our discussion on developing your own management and leadership skills, let’s consider the importance of asking the right questions. It may seem that you, the committee chair, are supposed to know and dispense all the answers, but in reality you, and those you lead, can learn a lot more when you pose pertinent questions. Continue reading “Asking the right questions”
A committee chair’s job would seem to need to entail many different areas of responsibility, but it can all be handled if you develop five important areas of competence. These, plus your understanding and knowledge of the Scouting program, can go a long way to helping you be effective and to provide support to your Scoutmaster and your committee. Continue reading “Five important skills”