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1 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Troop Leadership Development Continuum

2 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Purpose: To provide the foundational unit-level Leadership skills every Scout should know To give every Scout a clearer picture of how his position fits in the Troop and how he can make a difference.

3 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Learning Objectives: To help youth Leaders to understand the responsibilities of a Leader, and prepare them to effectively fill a position of responsibility

4 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Learning Objectives: To equip Scout Leaders with the tools that are needed to fulfill their responsibilities as a Troop or Patrol level Leader

5 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Learning Objectives: To equip Scout Leaders with the basic concept of the Stages of Team Development in order to best fulfill their responsibilities as a Troop or Patrol level Leader

6 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Presented in three “Modules” Module I Module I – Troop Organization Module II Module II – “Tools of the Trade” Module III Module III – Leadership and Teamwork

7 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Module I – Troop Organization

8 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Leaders need to understand the various leadership roles within the Troop, both elected and appointed, as well as the dynamics of having everyone be involved in the success of Troop activities

9 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops In Scouting, a Troop’s vision is something developed and shared by all members. It identifies where the troop is going, and what it wants to accomplish. We will discuss vision more thoroughly in Module III, but each Scout should be thinking about his vision of success in his position, as well as his vision for the Troop.

10 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Troop Leadership Positions “Green Bar” Leaders  Senior Patrol Leader  Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders  Patrol Leader  Assistant Patrol Leader

11 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Troop Leadership Positions Support Leaders  Troop Guide  Instructor  Quartermaster  Scribe

12 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Troop Leadership Positions Support Leaders  Librarian  Historian  Order of the Arrow Representative  Chaplain Aid

13 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Troop Leadership Positions Support Leaders  Leave No Trace Trainer  Webmaster

14 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Common attributes shared by all Scouting Leaders in a Troop: Set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the Troop Set an example Wear the Scout uniform correctly and with pride

15 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Common attributes shared by all Scouting Leaders in a Troop: Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law Show and help develop Scout spirit Willingness to train to best serve the members of the Troop

16 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Leadership Exercise I

17 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Scouts plan and implement the Troop program. Scouts serve in positions of responsibility to make that happen Scouting is designed to help Scouts prepare to participate in, and give leadership to, American society

18 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Patrol Leaders’ Council plans and runs the Troop’s program and activities. The SPL runs the Patrol Leaders’ Council meeting, and the adult leaders attend as coaches, mentors, and resources; providing suggestions and guidance whenever it will enhance the program for the Troop and Scouts

19 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Just as adult leaders must step back and enable Scout Leaders to lead the Troop, senior Scout Leaders must work with, train, and encourage less-senior Scout Leaders in the Troop to fulfill their roles and practice their own leadership skills.

20 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Leadership Exercise II

21 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Each Scout will take 5 minutes to develop their own definition of Leadership which we then use in defining Leadership for our Troop.

22 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some key leadership points: Teamwork Use each other’s strengths Don’t try to do it all yourself Do what you said you will do Being reliable Keeping each other informed

23 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some key leadership points: Being responsible Care for others Delegate Set the example Praise in public, criticize in private Lead yourself

24 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Keep your word. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Be fair to all. A good Leader shows no favorites. Don’t allow friendships to keep you from being fair to all members of your Troop or Patrol.

25 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Be a good communicator. You don’t need a commanding voice to be a good leader, but you must be willing to step out front with an effective “Let’s go.” A good leader knows how to get and give information so that everyone understands what’s happening.

26 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Be flexible. Not everything goes as planned. Be prepared to shift to “Plan B” when “Plan A” doesn’t work. Always think about a “Plan C.” Be organized. The time you spend planning will be repaid many times over.

27 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Delegate. Some leaders assume that the task will not get done unless they do it themselves. Most people like to be challenged with a task. Empower your team members to do things they have never tried.

28 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Set an example. The most important thing you can do is lead by example. Whatever you do, your Troop members are likely to do the same. A cheerful attitude can keep everyone’s spirits up.

29 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Setting an example is consists of three critical traits:  Appearance  Conduct  Attitude

30 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Be consistent. Nothing is more confusing than a leader who acts one way one moment and another way a short time later. If your Troop and Patrol knows what to expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership

31 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Give praise. The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a “nice job” is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the efforts of the Troop.

32 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Tips on being a good leader: Ask for help. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don’t know how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and direction.

33 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Servant Leadership

34 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Introduction to Servant Leadership It is about a choice to lead. It is about a choice to give rather than to receive.

35 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops We trust effective leaders because they care about us and about helping others succeed. That is the true role of any leader: help other members of the group to succeed.

36 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Servant Leaders understand what success looks like not only for the group but for each member of every team. They do everything they can to help the Troop and each member succeed.

37 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Servant Leaders help guide the Troop through all of the tasks that must be accomplished. Troop Leaders help manage this process.

38 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops They focus on how to make every member successful in assigned tasks so that the Troop will come together quickly as a team

39 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Servant leaders want to lead because they know they can help make a difference and provide a better experience for every individual. They accept responsibility for, but are never “in charge of” making things happen.

40 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: Servant leadership is about making the choice to lead, to give more than you receive, and to make a difference. Effective servant leaders care about others, about helping others succeed, and about making the group successful.

41 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: It is important to introduce and reinforce the idea and value of servant leadership in our Scout and adult Leaders. A good group leader is focused on the success of the members of his team as individuals and as a team.

42 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: Servant leaders understand what success looks like not only for the team as a whole, but also for each member of the team. Servant leaders want to lead because they know they can help make a difference and provide a better experience for every individual.

43 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: Patrol and Troop members can see when a Leader cares about their needs and is focused on their success, which earns him the group’s respect. When he has that respect, the Scout has earned the title and role of Leader.

44 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The type of Leadership that you practice is a choice  Where is the focus  What is at the core

45 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Pares inter Primus “First Amongst Equals”

46 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops QuestionsCommentsFeedback

47 End of Module I

48 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Module II – “Tools of the Trade”

49 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Introduction This module introduces the basic leadership tools of communicating, planning, evaluating, and how to use the Teaching EDGE effectively in one’s leadership role.

50 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Communicating - the skills of being an effective listener communicator are valuable tools for any leader. Planning - proper planning makes the difference in almost all Scouting activities.

51 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Evaluating using the Stop, Start, Continue method – an objective evaluation tool for use after every activity and event Teaching EDGE -The Teaching EDGE method can be used any time a leader is helping others learn

52 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Communicating

53 The Greek philosopher Aristotle broke communications down into three main parts and these remain constant today, with the addition of one minor part: The Sender The Message The Receiver

54 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The influence of The Environment can not be ignored, and can have a significant impact on the three major parts of the communication process. This applies to all forms of communication: verbal, written, signaling, and teaching.

55 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

56 Leadership Exercise III

57 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: Be as clear as possible with your message. Plan ahead and prepare. People will do what they think you told them - even if it’s not what you meant.

58 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: Allow your listeners to ask questions and get a clear understanding of your message You may want to ask your listeners to tell you what they think your message is, to confirm that they received it correctly.

59 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Key Points: As the sender, the message often seems clearer to you than to the receiver. Messages flow both ways - from sender to receiver and back. Both sender and receiver are responsible for good communications to work.

60 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some communicating tips when putting out information: Before you begin to pass out information, take a moment to organize your thoughts. You may want to write a few notes to remind yourself of the points you want to cover.

61 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some communicating tips when putting out information: Have the team gather in a place free of distractions. Do not begin until you have everyone’s attention.

62 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some communicating tips when putting out information: You can use the Scout sign as a signal that it is time for everyone to stop other discussions and focus on the business at hand

63 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some communicating tips when putting out information: Speak clearly. Make eye contact with your listeners. As you finish explaining each item, ask if there are any questions.

64 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Some communicating tips when putting out information: Repeat important facts such as dates, times, and places. If possible, ask the Troop or Patrol Scribe to make and distribute notes of the discussion

65 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Planning – The Key To Success

66 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Second only to communicating, planning is an essential skill for every effective leader. You will notice that things you thought “just happened” in the Troop are the result of planning and preparing for things to happen.

67 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Generally, the better planned an activity, the more fun the group will have and the more successful the event will be. Conversely, everyone suffers when the person responsible has not planned properly for the group to participate in an activity.

68 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Planning is really just thinking ahead – thinking about what’s needed to get the outcome you want to have happen. In planning Scouting activities, usually the desired outcome is that the planned activity is successful - and that the participants had fun and positive experienced.

69 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Planning is figuring out what it will take to make things come together smoothly To start planning, it often helps to start asking yourself questions, then coming up with a set of answers. Start by answering the basic questions of who, what, when, where, and how questions.

70 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops What do we want to do? What is the desired outcome? Where is a suitable site? How will we get there? What will we do once we get there?

71 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops What equipment do we need? Where do we get that equipment? Who is responsible for getting the equipment?

72 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Who is participating? When is the activity? Do we need permits or permission? What will we do if...?

73 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Use the Cornerstone planning method to insure that all of your planned activities will contribute to the overall goals of the Troop

74 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Annual Program Key Activity Areas Advancement Recruiting and Retention Outdoor Program Service Faith Leadership Development

75 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops After you get through the basics in planning, spend time thinking through some “what do we do if ‘the unexpected’ happens?” kinds of questions. That will help you Be Prepared when things don’t go as originally planned.

76 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The most important focus is on the “who”: “Who is responsible for making that part happen?” or “Who will bring that item?” Sometimes teams work out a good plan, but then the leader doesn’t assign specific people to complete every needed task.

77 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Figuring out what’s needed is important, but assigning someone to take care of each task is essential. Be certain that someone is assigned to complete every needed task, and don’t presume that “someone” will step up and take care of something.

78 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Planning Exercise

79 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Annual Program Key Activity Areas Advancement Recruiting and Retention Outdoor Program Service Faith Leadership Development

80 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Keys to Successful Planning Plan your planning: focus on important things early in the planning process. identify the big areas that are going to need to be thought about and make sure you cover each one thoroughly.

81 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Keys to Successful Planning Someone needs to take the lead in the planning process. Designate a scribe. Write down the plan. Think through some key questions in each key activity area

82 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Keys to Successful Planning Develop answers to each question Write down tasks that need to be accomplished to make the project a success Assign owners to each task, and set a goal for completion as needed

83 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Keys to Successful Planning Assign someone to follow up and verify that needed things are getting done. Take enough time to plan well. If necessary, schedule more time later. Do not presume needed things will “just happen.”

84 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops When planning an activity, don’t presume that something needed will be there or that it will just happen; don’t presume that someone will take care of something because it seems obvious or because he usually does it.

85 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Include every responsibility in your plans and assign an owner. Check on it - then you’ll know that it’s taken care of.

86 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops As you become more aware of the value of planning and how it can affect the success of activities, you may also notice when others in your Troop - either Scout Leaders or adult leaders - have not put enough time or effort into planning the activity.

87 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Ensure the members of the Troop find ways to provide constructive feedback to each other to ensure that those who don’t properly plan are helped to understand that it is not acceptable. Everyone suffers when the person responsible for making something happen doesn’t plan properly.

88 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops If you feel that you’re doing all you can or you are running out of ideas, ask for help. When you DO put in the proper planning time, the Scouts will see that you care enough to put your energy into planning the best possible program for the Troop, and they will see you as a real leader.

89 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Stop, Start, Continue

90 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Evaluating using the Stop, Start, Continue method is an objective way to evaluate an event, meeting or activity with the goal of improving at every step of the process

91 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the SSC Method: STOP - what are we doing that isn’t working; did what we have planned work the way that we thought it would work.

92 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the SSC Method: START - what should we start doing that will work or has worked for others or in the past? What should be start using in our plans or planning process?

93 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the SSC Method: CONTINUE - what are we doing that works well, and should continue to do.

94 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops An evaluation using the Stop, Start, Continue method should be conducted after every event, meeting or activity with the goal of improving the planning and execution of future Troop activities.

95 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Teaching EDGE

96 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable) method is the primary training method to teach skills in Scouting. The four-step EDGE process is a simple method for teaching any skill.

97 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Explain – explain in step by step detail how something is done Demonstrate - demonstrate the task while explaining again. This gives the learner a clear understanding of what success looks like

98 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Guide - the learner tries the skill while the trainer guides him through it. The trainer gives instant feedback as the learner practices the skill. The trainer should not rush through this level of instruction.

99 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Enable - the learner works independently under the watchful eye of the trainer. The trainer helps remove any obstacles to success, and continues to provide feedback as needed, thus enabling the learner to succeed.

100 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops EDGE Exercise

101 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the EDGE Method: What happened during the Explain step? What happened during the Demonstrate step? What happened during the Guide step? What happened during the Enable step?

102 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the EDGE Method: Did parts go too fast or too slow for you? What could the trainer do to address that? Did the learners ask questions? Did the trainer answer them?

103 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the EDGE Method: Did the trainer ask questions of the learners to ensure they were following the steps of the instruction process? How did the trainer know the learners had learned the skill?

104 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Using the EDGE Method: What other skills could we teach using this method? How could you as a leader use the EDGE method with your Patrol?

105 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops QuestionsCommentsFeedback

106 End of Module II

107 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Leadership and Teamwork

108 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Stages of Team Formation

109 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops FORMING High expectations, no production (yet) No “Team” All Leadership from outside the group

110 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops STORMING Low expectations, low morale, low skill No “Team” unity All Leadership from outside the group

111 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops NORMING Expectations, morale and skill rising “Team” coming together Leadership coming from inside the group

112 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops PERFORMING High expectations, high production, high morale and skill True “Team” All Leadership from within the group

113 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Understanding the stages enable us to anticipate what a team is likely to go through. Understanding the stages enable us to use appropriate strategies to smooth the progress of a team as it evolves.

114 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Different teams may proceed through different stages at different speeds. Members of a team should avoid making self-fulfilling prophecies about how long each stage will last.

115 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops A team may sometimes regress to an earlier stage. It is possible for a team to be in different stages with respect to different aspects of its vision.

116 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Recognizing the stages of team formation allows Leaders to use the best Leadership style for the team and the situation.

117 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Values of Scouting

118 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Viewing the Scout Oath from the point of view of a Leader How does it change the way that you now see the Scout Oath?

119 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Vision of Our Troop A Vision is a picture of Future Success Where do we want to be in 3 months? - 6 months? - 12 months?

120 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Vision of Our Troop How does our vision fit with the model of Servant Leadership?

121 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Vision of Our Troop Need to listen and gather suggestions Achieve consensus Set & Maintain Standards Serve the Scouts who have chosen you as Leader

122 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The Vision of Our Troop Creating a Vision and a Vision Statement

123 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Know your Responsibilities Use the Tools of the Trade Communication Planning Evaluate using SSC The Teaching EDGE

124 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Build your Patrol into a High- Functioning Team, which will build the Troop into a unit of excellence Build Trust, Make a Difference

125 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops The only thing that is asked is that you do your very best for the members of the team that you have been chosen to serve.

126 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Wrap-up

127 Purpose: To provide the foundational unit-level Leadership skills every Scout should know To give every Scout a clearer picture of how his position fits in the Troop and how he can make a difference.

128 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Learning Objectives: To help youth Leaders to understand the responsibilities of a Leader, and prepare them to effectively fill a position of responsibility

129 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Learning Objectives: To equip Scout Leaders with the tools that are needed to fulfill their responsibilities as a Troop or Patrol level Leader

130 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Learning Objectives: To equip Scout Leaders with the basic concept of the Stages of Team Development in order to best fulfill their responsibilities as a Troop or Patrol level Leader

131 “Attitude Reflects Leadership” And when you are placed in a position of responsibility, never forget -

132 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops Troop Leadership Development Continuum


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