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, August 22, 2012

Why Don't They Trust Me?

Building and maintaining trust is critical to being effective as a leader.Yet all too often, leaders struggle to develop trust among those they lead. James Heskett, a professor at Harvard Business School cites eight reasons leadership experts believe that many leaders don't achieve an effective level of trust.  

(1) "(management) actions … inconsistent with the mission and vision of the company" (Linda Murphy)

 (2) an emphasis on "productivity, effectiveness and of achievement at all costs" (Liam)

 (3) "excessive turnover and continuous change" (Marlis Krichewsky)

(4) leaders who "use ambiguity and weasel words in their promises" (Jim Conlow)

(5) managers who make "unwritten promises" that are not fulfilled (Kamal Hossain)

(6) behaviors of managers who "compete with each other to climb to the next higher level" and make unfulfilled promises to do so (Subrata Chakraborty)

 (7) a "modern fashion of us all being 'economical with the truth' in our communications with other people" (Hugh Quick)

 (8) management that does "not observe sanctions when trust is violated" (Tony Smale)