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 30, 2012

Leadership: Managing Transactions or Fostering Innovation?

Are you a transactional or transformational leader? Transactional leaders focus on routine tasks. They are all about getting the job done on a day-to-day basis. Their goal is to maintain an organization that’s consistent and dependable.  They measure success based on meeting standards and being efficient.

Transformational leaders on the other hand, focus on moving their organization forward. They constantly are challenging the status quo, looking for new ideas, new opportunities and new ways of doing things. They work to create a culture that nurtures innovation, creativity and change.

Transformational leaders typically exhibit four key characteristics The transformational leader is more often than not charismatic. They have a vision and sense of mission that excites others. Their charisma and future orientation also make transformational leaders very inspiring. These leaders provide those they lead with intellectual stimulation.  They also tend to offer their staff a great deal of individualized attention.

How do transformational leaders create transformation in their organizations? Research has identified common strategies employed by these leaders to help drive innovation. They include:
1       - Helping people look beyond self interest
2       - Helping people search for self-fulfillment
3       -  Helping people understand the need for change
4       - Creating a sense of urgency in people
5       - Committing to greatness
           - Adopting a broad, long term perspective