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, October 13, 2015

When Criticism Isn't Constructive

Honest, open feedback is important in helping staff members grow and develop. Most staff members want to know how they are doing and where they need to improve. For feedback to be effective, however, it must be constructive. To ensure you're giving constructive rather than destructive feedback, it's crucial to understand your motive in offering criticism.

Unfortunately, at times leaders can be driven to give feedback by motives other than helping staff members grow. Next time you're tempted to criticize a staff member,
pause for a moment and make sure you're not doing it to:

  • hurt someone else.
  • get even for something done to you.
  • vent your frustration.
  • make yourself look good to others.
  • boost your own ego.