Leadership is influencing people to do things by providing Purpose, Direction, and Motivation. In one way or another, we’re all leaders. So, we should ask ourselves about this.
To those that you’re trying to lead, are you providing Purpose? Here in Scouts, we try to provide a chance to learn skills and leadership while having fun. Are you doing that? Outside of Scouts, in your youth groups and sports and academic teams, your first question should be, “What is our purpose?”
To those that you’re trying to lead, are you providing Direction? Here in Scouts, you, the boys, are in charge. Are you providing enough guidance to other Scouts to achieve our Purpose? Outside of Scouts, in your groups and teams, are you again guiding others to achieve your purpose?
Lastly, to those that you’re trying to lead, are you providing Motivation? Here in Scouts, we don’t just do stuff. We have the Scout Sprit that gets us excited about doing stuff. Are you showing Scout Spirit? Outside of Scouts, again, your effort in groups and teams should be as much emotional as it is physical or mental. That’s how you inspire others to greatness.
So, if you can provide those three things, Purpose, Direction, and Motivation, then you, too, can lead!
Please note that this is based on another Scoutmaster Minute here: