Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Leadership Greatness

What makes great leaders great? Warren Bennis studied 90 outstanding leaders to identify the competencies they all possessed. He found that those leaders who stood out as truly exceptional were skilled in four key areas. These included:

1. Management of Attention - Communicating a sense of direction and goals that inspires others.

2. Management of Meaning - Creating an understanding of why employee's efforts matter.

3. Management of Trust - Behaving in a consistent, reliable  manner that builds trust.

4. Management of Self - Knowing oneself and operating within their capabilities.