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, July 28, 2015

Being a Leader of Influence

Writing recently on LinkedIn, Dr. Travis Bradberry from TalentSmart identified nine habits found in leaders who are influential. They include:

1. They think for themselves - They form their opinions carefully using facts rather fads, what's trending or what's most popular.

2. They graciously interrupt - They regularly ask "Why?" and "Why not?"

3. They inspire conversation - They challenge others to explore new ideas and to think differently.

4. They leverage their networks - They add value to others by providing advice and know-how.

5. They focus only on what matters - They hone-in on the important and ignore the trivial.

6. They welcome disagreement - They are more about the end result rather than being right.

7. They are proactive - They don't wait, they anticipate and act.

8. They respond rather than react - They respond with a result in mind rather than being driven by emotion.

9. They believe - They believe in themselves and in the power of other people.