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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Five Leadership Myths

Leadership Myths

Myth #1 - Your position as camp director makes you a leader.
Reality #1 - You become a leader by developing the trust, confidence and commitment of your staff. 

Myth #2 - Leadership can't be taught, it's a personality trait.
Reality #2 - Leadership is a set of skills and behaviors that can be learned.

Myth #3 - As a a leader you should have all the answers
Reality #3 - Leaders know their limits, admit what they don't know and aren't afraid to ask for help.

Myth #4 - Your staff is here to support you.
Reality #4 - Leadership is about being a servant, supporting your staff and helping them succeed.

Myth #5 - You have to be a charismatic, extrovert to lead.
Reality #5 - Leadership comes in many styles, all of which have the potential to be effective.