Leadership among Boys

By | June 22, 2019

[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:

  1.  Can young boys use the same leader tools as an adult?
  2.  How do our nation’s values effect leadership among boys?
  3.  When boys learn leadership, can it be fun?
  4.  Will external environmental factors (like weather, insects, and regimentation) influence their leadership?
  5.  Are boys really different today than boys of my time?
  6.  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.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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14 thoughts on “Leadership among Boys

  1. Gil Johnson

    As a young boy I too attended Boy Scout camp. What I most remember is that I had fun. But the camaraderie was what most sticks in my mind. Leadership never entered into my brain. Looking back, however, it is clear to me now that it took some fabulous leadership to make this camp work so well.

    1. Tracey Brockman

      ‘Fun’ is the vehicle that is used to teach the boys to become responsible, good young men. This is an admirable task.

  2. Albert Ayer

    Gen. Satterfield, I’m sure everyone here looks forward to reading about the adventures I’d youth leadership. Good luck!

  3. Bill Sanders, Jr.

    Suggested additional question: “is there a difference in social skills between boys and adult men?”

    1. Willie Shrumburger

      Good suggestion. I think more will pop up.

    2. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

      Thank you Bill for the suggestion. Anyone who contributes recommendations will be thanked. I hope to be able to answer them all.

  4. Shawn C. Stolarz

    Yes, while there are many leader questions that you will explore, remember that they also apply to girls as well. I too look forward to reading about Boy Scout camping.

    1. Mike Baker

      Me too.
      The more we see about kids practicing leadership, the more we will also learn.

    2. Nick Lighthouse

      You got that right, Shawn. I’ll also be camping out, next month. We can compare notes.

  5. Georgie B.

    Should be of great entertainment value. 😂

  6. Army Captain

    I look forward to reading about the leader lessons and your adventures.

    1. Watson Bell

      Same here. Let’s hope the series is another great success like so many of Gen. Satterfield’s past mini-series. This is why I keep coming back to his website. Good writing!

      1. Jerome Smith

        I think you will find that’s why we all keep coming back. I’m using this weekend to catch up on my leadership reading.

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