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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Leadership & Management

As a leader your role requires two different, but complementary sets of skills. Management skills are required to create order and consistency in your camp. At the same time, leadership skills are required to create movement and keep things moving forward. Ideally, camp directors develop both sets of skills so they can employ the right skills at the right time. 

A Comparison of Management and Leadership

Management Produces
Order & Consistency
Leadership Produces
Change & Movement
Planning and Budgeting
Establishing agendas
Setting timetables
Allocating resources
Establishing Direction
Creating a vision
Clarifying  the big picture
Setting strategies
Organizing and Staffing
Provide structure
Making job placements
Establishing rules and procedures
Aligning People
Communicating goals
Seeking commitment
Building teams and coalitions
Controlling and Problem
Developing incentives
Generating creative solutions
Taking corrective action
Motivating and Inspiring
Inspiring and energize
Empowering subordinates
Satisfying unmet needs

Source: Northouse, 2007, p. 10.