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Scout’s honor

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What can you learn from a Boy Scout? (No, not knot-tying.) Three lessons from Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca:

  1. 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.
  2. Address controversies, but never be afraid to redirect the conversation. “If you’re not proactive in defining yourself, somebody else will,” he says.
  3. 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.

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