[June 22, 2019] On a number of occasions here at www.theleadermaker.com, I’ve written about how the leadership I see in young boys is not that different from adult leadership. Next month, I will write more about this. I will be volunteering at a Boy Scout camp and send updates.
I hope readers find my observations interesting and worthy of their valuable time. Some will find the ideas here support studies on traditional leadership and psychological studies on basic human needs and wants.
Boy Scouts (ages 11 to 17) can be a case study on how our formative years are crucial to our success in the family, at work and play, and as a person who cares about others. The older boys differ from the youngest. But, do the ideas of leadership remain unchanged?
Here are the questions I plan to explore:
- Can young boys use the same leader tools as an adult?
- How do our nation’s values effect leadership among boys?
- When boys learn leadership, can it be fun?
- Will external environmental factors (like weather, insects, and regimentation) influence their leadership?
- Are boys really different today than boys of my time?
- Is there a difference in Boy and adult leadership?
Leadership is about getting things done, so results matter. I’ll explore values, mission, vision, and how the social interaction of trained adult leaders and young, impressionable boys are influenced. I also look forward to your comments and comments.
As an aside, young girls will be attending our Boy Scout camp for the first time as part of a policy change at BSA national headquarters. Some have suggested this policy could have negative consequences on what our boys learn. I’m not so sure but plan to comment as part of this series.