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.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Habits of Effective Leaders

Peter Drucker, perhaps the most influential thinker in the area of management, suggests there are five key habits found in effective executives. These include:

1. Effective leaders know where their time goes. - They make an intentional effort to focus their time and energy on doing what truly makes a difference.

2. Effective leaders focus on contribution and results. - They concentrate on results that drive success rather than activities or effort.

3. Effective leaders build on strengths.- They recognize and leverage their strengths, those of their staff and those of the organization.

4. Effective leaders concentrate on first things first. - They understand what is most important and have the discipline and drive to stay focused on those activities that create the greatest value.

5. Effective leaders make effective decisions. - They have and use strong analysis, consensus building and problem solving skills.

How effective are you as a leader? Which of these habits do you currently exhibit? How could you strengthen these habits? Which habits don't you currently exhibit? How could you develop these habits?