[September 9, 2020] A few days ago, on September 3rd, we celebrated our happy seventh anniversary here at www.theleadermaker.com. Usually, I would start by thanking everyone who reads my blog, for their continued loyalty and for their input to make the blog so successful.
Thank you! It is not easy to attract and keep intelligent folks. I’m satisfied that you are enjoying and learning.
Yet, what I have to say today is more critical. It has to do with the failure of our trusted social institutions to teach, coach, and mentor young people on the fundamentals of leadership. As you know, I volunteer for a local Boy Scout Troop. A small team of older men, those without sons in the troop, continue year after year to devote their time and resources to help young boys become trustworthy, reliable men. This is not an easy task. The boys come to us without a rudimentary understanding of leadership, loyalty, teamwork, motivation to learn, or how to treat another human being respectfully.
It is not easy, in part, because our schools do not address these essential skills. A student in the 12th grade spends more time learning how to put on a condom than how to shoulder the responsibility of helping others. They study history, but that history does not speak to how our Founding Fathers guided our country from a loose collection of states to a real nation. Schools today do not prepare our youth for adulthood; they are not preparing them for a responsible future.
I would ask each of us to stop, reassess what you are doing in your life, and carve out a few hours each week to work with our young. Now is the perfect opportunity. Classrooms have been eliminated or reduced in size, on-line learning is the craze, and academic standards are mostly abandoned. If you doubt my assessment, talk with any High School student.
Like my Tac Office at the Infantry School told me, “You can’t learn leadership from a book.” You also can’t learn it on-line because to “get” leadership, you have to be there. Good luck. Thank you all, again, for making my leadership blog what it is today.