Chapter 13 - Setting the Example

This competency enables the learner to:

About Setting the Example

Setting the Example is your personal behavior independent of external influences. While a very simple competency on the face of it, none is more important. Fail to demonstrate this competency to members of your group, and you are doomed to negative results. No matter how good a line you talk, if you don't match it with your behavior, you will enjoy no respect and find it increasingly difficult to get the group to work with you.

It may be more difficult under some circumstances to set a positive example, but that doesn't stop you! Setting the Example is where your backbone shows. If you have character, if your character has integrity--that is, if who you are on the outside is lined up with who you are on the inside--you will accomplish far more than you might imagine possible. For this kind of leader, as long as he takes care of his follower's needs, enjoys their respect, loyalty, and even love.

Influencing Others

If you fail to set the example, why should you expect group members to do any better? To help keep the group together and get the job done, everything you do and say should line up with the best possible examples of leadership. When you set the example, you help facilitate the results you want as a leader. Since we define leadership as a property of the group, and at its essence the act of influencing a group to achieve its goals, anyone is by definition a leader. Setting the Example is one way all members can influence the group.

While a very simple competency on the face of it, none is more important. Fail to demonstrate this competency to members of your group, and you are doomed to negative results. No matter how good a line you talk, if you don't match it with your walk, you will earn no respect and find it increasingly difficult to get the group to work with you.

The essence of Setting the Example is to remember that wherever you are, whatever you are doing, imagine that a Scout in your group is taking a mental picture of you when you are least aware of it--and that will be the one image that sticks in his or her mind.

Every leader has a special responsibility to set a positive example. As a leader, you are constantly watched by those you work with.

Seven Key Ways to Set an Example

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