The most persuasive leadership skill is the personal example of the leader. A good leader sets a positive example in the following ways:
Obeying the rules. Following instructions, obeying the law, and carrying out tasks in the recommended manner points out that the rules and procedures are important.
Trying hard. The leader must work as hard—if not harder—as any member of the group. Leadership by direction in not as effective as leadership by example.
Showing Initiative. A good leader must do what has be done without waiting to be told or forced to act. An effective leader respects the good suggestions of the group members and encourages each person to show initiative.
Acting with maturity. An effective leader shows good judgment. The group member sees that his personal behavior is directed toward accomplishing the task.
Know the job. Generally, a leader should have a mastery of the skills to be used. If he does not, he must apply the resources of the group to achieving the task.
A positive attitude. A positive attitude is vital as an example to the group members. The leader’s personal frustration or discouragement should never be apparent. Failure should be considered as a potential learning experience. Enthusiasm is contagious.
Role models are an important method in Boy Scouting. This applies not only to adults, but also to your leaders. Boys will often copy the actions and behavior of leaders they like and admire. Boys will literally walk, talk and act as the example is set by the adult and your leaders of the troop.
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