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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Book It: Suggestions to Great “Off Season” Reads (1 of 3)

“How can I become a better leader when I only get a few weeks during the summer to get first hand experience?”

We often get this question from staff. While first hand experience in the field, coupled with thoughtful self and external evaluations are the best ways to develop your leadership skills, reading about other’s experiences are a good addition. This is the first of three book suggestions that will help promote leadership growth and encourage summer thoughts.

The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John C. Maxwell is a great book that has the potential to change the way you think about the possibilities available to you at camp, school, work and everywhere in-between. Whether you’re a first year tripping assistant, counselor, veteran program staff, or director, this book offers valuable insight into how to have the most impact and offers suggestions on how to make yourself a stronger leader.
The book is separated into three sections dealing with leading down, leading up and leading across. Many of John C. Maxwell’s suggestions to improve your leadership follow themes that align with the Manito-wish collaborative leadership model.

Maxwell repeats the following from a sign hanging up at a tree nursery, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” You have the potential to become a fruitful leader now. Don't wait until you are given the title.
So the question is, “Now, what are you doing to become a better leader?”

-Ben Creagh (Outpost Director)

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