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, August 7, 2012

Avoiding Leadership Failure

Bill Lane, who worked closely for 20 years with famed GE CEO Jack Welch, recently wrote about the common causes of leadership failure and how to avoid them. He suggests in his book Losing It that leaders:

1. Be paranoid about keeping current.
2. Banish yes people.
3. Make micromanaging look good.
4. Hold a moral compass.
5. Pay attention to the subtext of jokes.
6. Work to do sustainably good work, not just get promoted.
7. Stay humble.
8. Dejargonize.
9. Embrace management change.
10. Make sure the good news you're hearing adds up and keeps getting better.