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 28, 2012

Learning from History

History is filled with many high profile examples of both great and disastrous leadership. The stories of well known leaders in do-or-die situations create wonderful opportunities to learn more about leadership. From our vantage point as "Monday morning quarterbacks" we can dissect, evaluate and second guess history's most famous leaders. We learn from their triumphs and tragedies.

Here's a list of some classic books that share important leadership lessons from history.

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald Phillips

Alexander the Great’s Art of Strategy: The Timeless Lessons of History's Greatest Empire Builder by Partha Bose

George C. Marshall: The Rubrics of Leadership by Steward Husted

Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity by Steven Hayward

Leadership Lessons from the Civil War: Winning Strategies for Today’s Managers by Tom Wheeler

Eisenhower on Leadership: Ike’s Enduring Lessons in Total Victory Management by Alan Axelrod

Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic
n by Dennis Perkins

Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit by James Strock

Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way by Robin Gerber

The Genius of Sitting Bull: 13 Heroic Strategies for Today’s Business Leaders by Emmett Murphy

The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All by
Michael Useem

The Way of the Warrior: Business Tactics and Techniques from History’s Twelve Greatest Generals
by James Dunnigan and Daniel Masterson

Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis and Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition by Jack