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Thoughts on Leadership

Here are some musings I have come up with when thinking about leadership as a general subject, and while talking to my Junior BP and BP Award girls for their leadership discussion.

  • Leadership is about getting a task done.
  • Leadership is about developing your people to the stage where you can trust them to do what is needed.
  • Leadership is not about bullying.
  • Screaming is not an effective method of leadership. Screaming implies an insecure leader.
  • Yelling or shouting, in terms of giving instructions in a loud or firm voice, can be a very effective method of leadership, especially to grab attention.

 

Here is the list of questions that I ask my Junior BP and BP Award girls for the Promise & Law and leadership discussion clauses. I have found that these questions, given to the girl a week before our discussion, really give the girl a framework on which to base her thoughts. I make it a discussion, not a question and answer interrogation. If I hve several girls ready to do this clause at the same time, I get them together and have a group discussion, making sure every girl has the opportunity to say what she thinks. If you ask the same questions each time, you can see how the girl's thinking develops.

Promise and Law sections of the Junior BP Award

For completion of the Bronze Endeavour and the Junior BP Award

Questions to think about 

Promise and Law
Which is your favourite Guide Law and why?
Which Guide Law do you think is the most important one, if any?
Which Guide Law do you find the hardest one to keep, and why?

What do you think is the most important part of the Guide Promise?
What is the hardest part of the Guide Promise for you to keep?
How often do you think about the Promise and Law?

Leadership Development
What opportunities have you had in Guiding to lead games or songs or projects?
What have you learned about the best way to lead a group?
What is the hardest part about being a leader?
To become a great leader, do you think you need to be a good follower too? Why?

 

Promise and Law sections of the BP Award

For completion of the Silver Endeavour and BP Award

Questions to think about

 

Promise and Law
Which is your favourite Guide Law and why?
Which Guide Law do you think is the most important one, if any?
Which Guide Law do you find the hardest one to keep, and why?

What do you think is the most important part of the Guide Promise?
What is the hardest part of the Guide Promise for you to keep?
How often do you think about the Promise and Law?

How are you trying your best to keep your Promise every day?

Leadership Development
What opportunities have you had in Guiding to lead games or songs or projects? How did they go?
How do you feel when you are leading an activity?
How do you think people have responded to you when you are in a leadership role?
What have you learned about the best way to lead a group?
What is the hardest part about being a leader?
To become a great leader, do you think you need to be a good follower too? Why?