The Weight of Leadership (Responsibility)

One of the best scouting blog sites around is simply called “Scouting Rediscovered”  The site takes a step back in time to look at scouting before the great experiment of the 1970’s changed the program and curtailed much of what made scouting great.

patrolLeaderOne of the recent posts was an especially great read.  It deals with the moment when a young man realizes that his “title” and “authority” as Patrol Leader are counterbalanced by a very weighty and real responsibility for the welfare of those he serves and leads.

Told as a narrative, it’s quite compelling to see the bravado and ambition of pushing to build a tower, and then to realize the potential consequences had he let his ego drive beyond all sense of propriety and safety.

Check out this story –

bshb0Unfortunately, I believe some leaders never experience “the moment” that this lad does.  It’s a shame because as the lad in the story discovers, it’s not an inhibitor to leadership, but an important balancing point.  Some lads get lucky and keep pressing their luck — not just on the safety issue of a tower, but in terms of interpersonal relationships and having their leadership become overbearing and tiresome (even dictatorial).

I think it’s also a good opportunity to realize deep down that leadership can be about pushing for accomplishment, but it’s far more rewarding for everyone to shift to servant leadership — caring more about the people you’re leading than just caring about fulfilling objectives (blindly, stoically).

I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.


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Our Troop # comes from Psalm 1:1-3 - describing the men we want our scouts to become
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