While leadership is about working with people, being an effective leader requires time away from people. Solitude gives leaders the opportunity to look both into the past and into the future.
Solitude creates a place for introspection. Alone with our thoughts we can reflect on what's happened and why. We can replay the successes and failures of the past. We can dissect these experiences for the lessons they can teach us.
Solitude also frees our mind to imagine. It gives us a chance to dream what could be. Solitude provides a place where we can ponder. Ponder what's possible, ponder how we might get there and ponder what success would look like. Solitude helps us create a vision for the future.
As leaders we're often overwhelmed by the needs of other people. Our staff, our campers, our board. They all need you. Do these folks a favor. Find a time and place for solitude. It'll make a difference in your ability to meet their needs.
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.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Solitude: A Leadership Necessity
Posted by John Erdman at 7:00 AM