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Leading vs. Serving – A Relationship


Session Length:  50 Minutes

Learning Objectives:

  • Establish how leadership and service are interconnected. Provide examples of servant leadership and contrast them with other leadership styles.
  • Develop an understanding that leaders should not act as “bosses” or “owners” of a group, but simply as just another member of a group.
  • Discuss how servant leadership connects to the ideals of the Order of the Arrow as well as scouting as a whole and how it can be implemented into our daily lives.

Required Materials:

  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Computer
  • Flipcharts
  • Index cards with roles and directions written on them as described in the paper chain game below.
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Outline of the Session:

This session will outline the benefits of servant leadership and how to apply it. It is important to connect servant leadership to the ideals of scouting and the Order of the Arrow to stress its importance. To achieve these objectives, contrast servant leadership with inferior forms of leadership. Before that, the goals of a leader and the purpose of a leader need to be articulated. This is how you should begin. The best way to accomplish this is by using real world examples of “bosses” and servant leaders.

Trainer Preparation:

Prepare by reading this syllabus fully through a few times so that you understand the purpose and objectives of this training session. To prevent lull time, make sure that you sort out technical difficulties beforehand. If you waste time fixing technology, your attendees will disengage from your presentation. Make sure that you have the index cards for the first and third topic already written and arranged. Materials for the leadership simulation should be available and accounted for before you begin. Finally, sell the idea of servant leadership through your own personal examples as well as other real-life examples in order to provide a real life context to this training.