Leadership is a process of getting things done through people. The quarterback moves the team toward a touchdown. The senior patrol leader guides the troop to a high rating at the camporee. The mayor gets the people to support new policies to make the city better.
These leaders are getting things done by working through people — football players, Scouts, and ordinary citizens. They have used the process of leadership to reach certain goals.
Leadership is not a science. So being a leader is an adventure because you can never be sure whether you will reach your goal — at least this time. The touchdown drive may end in a fumble. The troop may have a bad weekend during the camporee. Or the city’s citizens may not be convinced that the mayor’s policies are right. So these leaders have to try again, using other methods. But they still use the same process the process of good leadership.
Leadership means responsibility. It’s adventure and often fun, but it always means responsibility. The leader is the guy the others look to to get the job done. So don’t think your job as a troop leader or a staff member will be just an honor. It’s more than that. It means that the other Scouts expect you to take the responsibility of getting the job done. If you lead, they will do the job. If you don’t, they may expect you to do the job all by yourself.
That’s why it’s important that you begin right now to learn what leadership is all about.
Wear your badge of office proudly. It does not automatically make you a good leader. But it identifies you as a Scout who others want to follow — if you’ll let them by showing leadership.
You are not a finished leader. No one ever is, not even a president or prime minister. But you are an explorer of the human mind because now you are going to try to learn how to get things done through people. This is one of the keys to leadership.
You are searching for the secrets of leadership. Many of them lie locked inside you. As you discover them and practice them, you will join a special group of people-skilled leaders.
my opinion :
Leadership is a gift. If you are born with it, you can lead. If you are not, you can’t.
Some people will tell you that. Some really believe it. But it’s not so. Leadership does take skill. Not everyone can learn all the skills of leadership as well as anyone else. But most people can learn some of them — and thus develop their own potential.
You don’t have to be born with leadership. Chances are, you weren’t. But you were born with a brain. If you can learn to swim or play checkers or do math, you can learn leadership skills.