Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Youth Leadership

There is an excellent article in Venturing Magazine about youth leadership, specifically as it relates to Venturing, but Boy Scout and Varsity Scout leaders may find it useful, too.

The "Let the Youth Do It" Dilemma
"It is not realistic, nor is it wise to throw out the question "What do you want to do this year?" to a bunch of teens.  An unstructured brainstorming session will almost certainly lead to a bunch of unattainable or inappropriate suggestions.  But the largest danger of all when thoughtlessly tossing responsibility to the youth is that nothing at all will happen.  It is often the case that no single youth is willing to champion an idea, or that if someone is willing to advocate for an idea, it will be inappropriate."

1 comment:

  1. This was a good read, and gave a good perspective on the whole process.

    "Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
    - Dwight D. Eisenhower