A long, long time ago, before the greys, the kids, the house, the wife or the work I embarked on my first major journey. It was the path to becoming an Eagle Scout. I heard a lot of people carrying on about what becoming an Eagle Scout meant and all the lessons I would learn along the way. One term always popped up in every conversation, Leadership.
Almost 20 years later I look back and reflect on the experience that made me what I am today. Lace up them boots we are about to take a journey over some rocky terrain but I hear it's beautiful on the other side.
Before we start, STOP. Leadership is not a position or a title. It isn't handed to anybody from a superior. By it's very nature, it cannot be forced upon someone.
An Oath and a Promise
The first step is to take up the mantle of something bigger than yourself, your duty and purpose. In Scouts this was your oath, the Scout Oath. Duty to God & Country, Duty to Others, Duty to Self. First major clue here folks. Duty to self comes last. Most “Leaders” today put their self first. If you are worried about your self than you cannot be sufficiently worried about your other duties or the people you are responsible for.