Over the past few months I've been faced as a leader with having to make some tough and very unpopular decisions. Here, distilled from several sources, are reminders for us as leaders when confronted with hard choices.
1. You were put in a position of leadership for a reason. You are responsible to make the tough decisions, so make them.
2. If being a leader was easy, anyone could do it. You're a leader and a decision maker because of your knowledge, insight and skills.
3. If you find yourself delaying a tough decision realize that you are likely making the situation worse. Think about the consequences of indecision.
4. Listen to your inner voice telling you what is the right, rather than the easy thing to do.
5. Accept that the right decision is likely to be unpopular with some people. Remember too, it will likely be a relief for others.
6. Ask yourself "what's the worst that could happen?" Can you and the others you lead live with that?
7. Trust in God's ability to guide you in making the right decision.
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.