斯科特的兄弟会博客 #18: 发展仆人式领袖

斯科特瑞琪

一个年轻人参观我们的工作人员营地认真地问我们关于如何应对已开发出一种情况当然董事,而他的氏族试图执行任务. 这斥候, who was a leader in our 箭头的顺序 lodge was clearly frustrated. After making some broad suggestions that amounted to very little in the way of help, our course director sent the Arrowman back to his own campsite. Turning to us with a twinkle in his eye our course director said, “It’s working.”

This was one of the many memorable moments for me during our OA lodge’s recent weeklong leadership training course. Throughout the week youthful Arrowmen honed their leadership skills through a series of discovery experiences where they occasionally met with failure, sometimes by design. Some of our best leaders learned how to expand their skills after realizing that they still had much to learn.

Leadership is vitally important in all walks of life, including in the Church. The Lord began revealing essential leadership principles even before the Church was organized (D&C 20). A steady stream of instruction about leadership centered in Christlike service has continued to this day. The obvious reason for this is that leadership is essential to growing and sustaining the kingdom of God. Disorder ensues in the absence of good leadership, but the Lord’s kingdom “is a house of order” (D&C 132:8).

幸运的是, the Church’s approach to leadership dovetails nicely with leadership principles espoused by the 美国男童子军, as aptly described in Bill Chapman’s blog series. The Church needs leaders who are devoted to serving God and His children. This differs sharply from the world’s model, where leaders primarily seek to promote themselves while giving lip service to benefiting others.

During the week of our lodge’s leadership course I queried participants and staff, both LDS and members of other faiths, about what they felt Latter-day Saint Scouting leaders should know about the Order of the Arrow. Each of them wanted me to write about our leadership course. When I asked why, the common answer was that the Church and those that interact with Church members in various settings desperately need service-oriented leaders with high morals.

Virtuous leadership qualities don’t suddenly develop when people become adults. Good leaders are created through experiences that become part of their very nature. The ideals and skills of true servant leadership need to be instilled in youth as early as possible, and youth need opportunities to regularly employ and enhance these skills.

Not only was this the chief aim of our OA leadership training course, it is the ultimate goal of everything the Order does. OA members work and serve together, often toiling to help others. They lead and guide each other. And they have a lot of fun along the way. Our youth in the Church do this too, but the OA offers enhanced opportunities. You might think of active OA membership as gaining an advanced degree in servant leadership.

At one point during our leadership course I watched our lodge chief support, sustain, and follow the instructions of his clan chief, a 12-year-old boy who had joined the Order only a month earlier. The best leaders also learn to be good followers who build the organization from their current stations. The OA offers many chances for boys to better learn this essential element of discipleship.

Youth today have more options vying for their limited time than anyone imagined could be possible when I was their age. It seems that young people, including bearers of the Aaronic Priesthood are often attracted to activities that aren’t necessarily bad, but that do little to develop those traits that are essential to meaningful life on earth and happiness in the eternities. In stark contrast, the OA takes a purposeful approach to providing opportunities for boys to develop eternally valuable characteristics and to lead others in doing so.

 

要思考的问题

  • How important is it for Aaronic Priesthood bearers to develop servant leadership qualities?
  • Did you know that the OA offers enhanced opportunities for young men to accomplish this and to do much good beyond the confines of the Church?
  • 你将如何利用这种认识来保佑你被要求担任青年?

 

-斯科特瑞琪已自八岁以来一直积极在收购. 他曾在许多青年和成人的球探职位及以上四个几十年来一直勋章箭头. 他和他的妻子提高他们的家庭在北奥格登, 犹他州. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.

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  1. Michael Gordon 说:

    servant leadership qualitiessounds like one of those incomprehensible concepts from Aristotle.

    Service is one thing, leadership is something else. To be sure a good leader obtains service as he directs the affairs of others achieving a worthy goal.

    A servant waits to be told what to do; a leader does the choosing and telling. To be sure he will usually have been given a goal or a mission; but the details of it is for the Scout, or leader, to work out.

    In my opinion and observation too many youth, and too many appointed leaders, wait to be told what to do and have not been introduced to the joy of being anxiously engaged in a worthy cause of their own choosing.

    1. Those that find the wording used to describe leading out in service to others unclear might find it worthwhile to review the Savior’s example of servant leadership in 约翰 · 13:4-17. I fully agree that each of us should do much good of their own free will (请参见 D&C 58:26-29) without waiting to be told to do it. These are the qualities that the OA seeks to permanently instill in young men.

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