How the Scout Law can help you become a better leader
I have been fortunate to have a long-term relationship with Boy Scouting. I have two sons who enjoyed scouting as young boys and men and they both achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. While I was never a Scout, I have developed a great appreciation for the facets and value of Scouting and I see many relationships between the things we teach in Scouting and leadership in the real world.
I thought it might be helpful for more of you to learn one of the basic tenets of Scouting, the Scout Law, and while doing so I will show how these 10 points reflect leadership as I see it.
Here are the 10 points of the Scout law:
A Scout is:
Not every young man who enters Scouting will reach the rank of Eagle, but every young man who is part of Scouting will learn these ten points, some better than others.
Let me dwell a little bit on the first 5 points in this post and I will touch on the second 5 in a subsequent post.
We all strive to be helpful at some time and lending assistance to others is one of the key parts of leadership. Leaders work with and help others through conversation, listening, mentoring and many other selfless types of activities. One of the core principles of leadership is to serve and assist others.
I am not always friendly, but a smile and a kind word can go a long way in helping to defuse a situation. Many times the lack of a smile or even a frown or scowl sends the wrong, and possibly, unintended message. Being friendly can make a big difference.
The close cousin of Courteous is respectful. We all need to be respectful of others. We live in a world where respect seems to diminish with each passing day and being courteous, even to those we may not care for, can go a long way.
You may find this word to be repetitive when you just read courteous, but being kind is something I see as warmer than courteous. Leaders need to be kind to others, especially when those they are working with are hurting. Do you remember someone being kind to you? I do.
When I think of obedience I think of discipline. The signs of no or little discipline are all around us; broken homes, rising divorce rates, high levels of debt and many other situations are all symptoms of lack of obedience and lack of discipline. Leaders provide and maintain discipline, even when it is painful to do so.
How do you see these 5 points playing out in your life? Can you see how these areas can bring greater focus to your abilities as a leader?
I’ll be back in my next post with more on the second 5 points of the Scout law.
My encouragement to you today is to do a good turn, which in real life outside of scouting means to help someone else out today.