What can you learn from a Boy Scout? (No, not knot-tying.) Three lessons from Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca:
- Charisma may help propel you to the top, but great leaders must share the 12 traits of a solid Scout: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Of those qualities, which is most important? Bravery. “You can’t do the right thing and be effective without some courage,” says Mazzuca.
- Address controversies, but never be afraid to redirect the conversation. “If you’re not proactive in defining yourself, somebody else will,” he says.
- Embrace faith, but don’t try to define God. “In the middle of faith are the principles of good and the kinds of things that are good lessons for business.”
— Adapted from “Advice from the Top: Leaders need Scouts’ Qualities,” Del Jones, USA Today.