How to Earn Respect as a Leader
Scouting offers many opportunities for you to lead. The longer you’re in the program, the more others will look to you to step up. But how do you become a good, responsible leader who commands respect from Scouts and adults alike? Here are a few tips:
• Keep your word. If you say you’ll do something, do it. If you don’t know if you’ll be able to keep a promise, don’t make a promise. Your words won’t mean much when you don’t follow through consistently with your actions.
• Communicate and delegate. Treat your troop as your team, not as your subordinates. Share your plans or challenging situations with them rather than keeping it all to yourself. Someone else could have a good idea for how to tackle a problem. Assign tasks to take pressure off yourself and to empower your team.
• Be fair. You might want to rely on your friends, but showing favorites can create resentment. Be empathetic and treat everyone the way you’d want to be treated.
• Give praise and encouragement. Let your troop know you value their help and effort. Simply saying “good job” can go a long way.
• Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Adult leaders can provide guidance; fellow Scouts can provide support. You’re not a failure if you fail. It’s all part of growing as a leader.
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