Howard Gardner, a psychologist from Harvard, has identified five cognitive abilities he sees as critical for leaders. In his book, Five Minds for the Future, Gardner suggests that these five "minds" are what will be necessary to succeed as a leader in the future.
The Disciplinary Mind - Mastery of major schools of thought (including science, math and history) and at least one professional craft.
The Synthesizing Mind - Ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and communicate that integration to others.
The Creating Mind - Capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions and phenomena.
The Respectful Mind - Awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings.
The Ethical Mind - Fulfillment of one's responsibilities as a worker and a citizen.
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.