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  1. 2 points
    For the first time, I heard leadership described as authenticity. I didn't know that was an old representation. I wish I heard that representation 15 years ago. I think it's a great term around which to teach leadership and relate attributes of leadership. I think we as scouters can use the term "authenticity" as a teaching tool. For many years I've assserted BSA unit leaders should stop explicitly teaching "leadership" as so many leaders do an absolute horrible job at it. Often I see bad examples, demoralized scouts or explicitly the exact oppositve of what I view as good leadership. Instead, I've suggested using very simple scoutmaster moments and then mainly focus on keeping the scouts active and inspired to do new things the the scouts themselves get invested in doing. BUT, my recent reading on "Authenticity may be changing my opinion. https://hbr.org/2005/12/managing-authenticity-the-paradox-of-great-leadership What if we use "Authenticity" as a primary tool to teach leadership ? What is it? How do we live it?. Authenticity is NOT necessarily an innate quality. You can consciously groom and develop it. Authenticity is a quality that others must attribute to you. People want to be led by someone “real.” People see authenticity as sincerity, honesty, and integrity. Ensure that your words are consistent with your deeds. aka ... practice what you preach Look for honest feedback. Beware people telling who only tell you what you want to hear. Pursue experiences outside your comfort zone as they sharpen social awareness ... aka SCOUTING Effectively manage your own relationship with your past and your followers’ connections to their roots. ... “authenticity” as “of undisputed origin.” Insatiable interest in the complex factors that reveal where his direct reports come Finding common ground with the people you seek to recruit as followers ... it's not about being false, but selectively revealing parts of who you are Conformity versus being brash Too much conformity can render leaders ineffective; Too little conformity can isolate them. To influence others, authentic leaders must first gain at least minimal acceptance as members of their organizations. Great leaders understand that their reputation for authenticity needs to be painstakingly earned and carefully managed. Heck ... I think I could do a year worth of scoutmaster minutes around "authenticity".
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    I agree. Authenticity is very important. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
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    I just read that the President and First Lady have tested positive for covid. My prayers go out to them for a safe and speedy recovery.
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    My son has been nominated for National Meritorious Action award. I have recently learned about the existence of this award (and a bit more from the form itself) but unable to find details on profiles of past winners from recent history, stats on how many scouts were awarded this honor by year, by council or state etc. I also would like to know how the National Court of Honor works. Some references on this forum for the award are from several years back so not sure where to look for what I described above. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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    The Lone Scout Memory Lodge Museum was constructed at Camp John J. Barnhardt (NC) and dedicated Aug. 13, 1970. It held a collection of pins, patches, books and other memorabilia that told the story of the Lone Scouts. It closed in 2006 and most contents transferred to the W.D. Boyce Scout Museum, now called Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, in Ottawa, Ill. Source with photo and audio: https://www.thesnaponline.com/2020/10/03/peeking-into-the-past-lone-scout-memory-lodge-museum/
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    Good stuff. The challenge for adults influencing leadership in youth is taking what is learned and experienced, and applying it into actions. What I learned: -leadership doesn’t really appear until most of the team actually desires real goal. Most troops fail because Patrols don’t have true goals that require them to come together. And 3 or 4 Little goals is too many in my experience, even at work. 1 or 2 Real goals provides plenty environment for leadership development. We once took the new scouts to an indoors laser-tag center for a bonding exercise. Indoor laser-tag sessions are short and very fast. So, success requires real group coordination. I observed (and learned) that the common goal to win each session pulled out willing leaders (“Real”) and willing followers together. In fact, the teams that didn’t know each other well did better organizing because their wasn’t the pride of trying to keep up with friends. The real leader had but one goal, the same goal the followers had. The followers Knew their limitations and wanted a leader that they could trust to get them there. And that all happened in a matter of seconds. I remember the surprise of one scout as the group he was giving a plan accepted his direction so willingly. He was authenticity selling his plan to win was strong and obvious. He wasn’t trying to be the top dog, he just had plan to win. And the group of scouts who didn’t know each an hour before won several sessions. Pretty cool to watch. I found that High Adventure treks also pull out the real (Authentic) leaders because the activity is generally mentally and physically exhausting. Exhaustion seems to drive out good and bad authentic behavior, so authentic leadership becomes obvious. True growth requires struggle or pain for motivation. I once watched the quietest shyest 16 year old scout become the the leader among a group of popular Eagle scouts because he knew how to move forward in the difficult very rainy week on a Canadian canoe trip. Even the adults found themselves waiting for this scouts direction. -The other lesson I learned that I wish other (all) adults would take and trust is that general behavior (leadership in this case) development is the result of observing, not lectures or discussions. Troops that use (rely) on the actions of role models for development are typically the strongest youth run programs. You can see a general leadership attitude from the oldest down to first year scouts. This is where scouts develop “conformity” between effective non effective leaders. And, this is also where adults struggle because their instinct is to rescue non effective leaders. They don’t allow differences of behavior styles to develop conformity of effective styles, thus the patrol and troop as a whole struggle to mature with the adults implementation of mediocrity. What I found very interesting about observed leadership growth is the scouts recognize it and will push less mature scouts into positions where they will gain more growth. They instinctively keep behavior growth dynamic. Importantly, scouts (vast majority) who aren’t natural leaders, but find themselves in positions of responsibility, will naturally use the leadership skills they have been observing over the years. I even recall how this happened to me when I elected president of a club at Oklahoma State. And, I believe this is why the shy scout stood out among his Eagle friends. The shy scout was a visitor of the Eagle Scouts troop. He was a close school mate, but came from a different troop. The best leadership development in a scouting program doesn’t come from proactive leadership development activities, the leadership development comes from the passive process of repeated observations of behavior. Just from observing others during their activities, scouts learn trust what behavior is acceptable and what is not. It should go without saying that troops that use role modeling for growth aren’t just good leadership troops, but also well disciplined. Great discussion. Barry
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    The article appears to be focusing on business managers. I am not a businessman, so I don't know much about authenticity in business management. I am a teacher. I can honestly tell you that things are going in the exact opposite direction in education. Teachers are not encouraged to be authentic. Schools are afraid of authenticity. Today's school curriculum is designed to teach to the test. Every minute of instruction time is accounted for. A classroom lesson plan must identify every teaching activity and match it up with a learning goal from the state curriculum. The teacher is irrelevant. The test is everything. It doesn't matter if the teacher is authentic or not. I think the same is becoming true of scouting. Adult association is no longer considered desirable, except for that which is absolutely necessary for advancement and supervision. Authenticity is unimportant. Compliance is all that is needed. In my years on this forum, I have heard many complaints about scout leaders not complying with the rules. Usually advancement rules. Sometimes YP rules. I have yet to hear a single parent complain about a leader's authenticity. They don't care about authenticity. They just want the adults to sign their kids off on the requirements and give them their badges.
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    I too hope that the President and the First Lady, as well as the two Senators and others who work in and around the President who have tested positive, only experience a mild version of COVID and recover soon. The country needs them to recover. It would be easy to take a potshot at the President in this era of partisan politics. But politics aside, we have to remember that the the President has significant responsibilities to the defense of this nation and its well being, and we need a healthy Leader. It makes me think of the line in the Scout Oath, “to do my duty to God and my Country.” Maybe this will be reduce the bitterness of politics today and the focus can be on all our leaders duties to Return to working together to protect our citizens and focus on implementing the safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID. If a person as protected as the President can get it, we all can. wash your hands, avoid large groups, maximize meetings outside rather than indoors, social distance, wear a mask, keep yourself physically strong so you can do your duty.
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    Your son must have done something very good. I commend him.
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    I don't see how depriving councils of funding is "excellent" unless (as I believe is your position?) all councils and the entirety of Boy Scouts of America should be disbanded which I very much disagree with. In the meantime, units that are within Boy Scouts of America and that wish to remain so should a) obey the rules while b) advocating for rules changes they want. Openly and knowingly disregarding BSA rules is no way to demonstrate adult leadership.
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    I would suggest just re-writing it if you can remember any of it. That's what I've been doing for various ceremonies and scripts. I just did the Webelos Tribe story at a den meeting, and I took what i found online and modified the heck out of it. A lot of this stuff was never official BSA programming, and was just written and/or edited by various scouters over the years. I use those documents as a starting point, but I re-write stuff as needed. Not just for cultural significance but also just to get the right kind of story, ceremony, or script for what I'm trying to do. I even edit campfire skits, songs, and stories. Not too much that it changes the story, just to personalize it or to get it into a flow or tone that I'm more comfortable with so it sounds more natural. Or to add local flare. When I do the Horrible Pirate story and the narrator says they were down by the docks, I say "down by the [Your Town] Docks" to give it a local reference (and as a bit of added comedy since because we have no bodies of water in or near our town). My point is, scripts in scouting don't need to be adhered to exactly. These aren't exactly sacred documents, they have already been edited and revised numerous times over the years. Take what you like, remove what you don't, add whatever makes it work better for you. Same for the face painting. Don't worry about how close it is to whatever your remember being done previously. Ultimately what you want with the face painting is a color that matches rank. Put a couple of bars of the rank color on each kid's face and you're good to go.
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