Good evening everyone! Welcome to the latest installment of #MembershipMonday!
Last week we talked about how you as a chapter can bring your brothers closer together. Tonight let's talk about how you yourself can set a good example to help achieve unity.
Well, to be a "good brother" in your chapter, you want to keep in mind both the points of the Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent), and our three Cardinal Principles (Leadership, Friendship, and Service).
One way that we can remember all of these points is by using an acronym from John Baldoni's book, 180 Ways to Walk the Leadership Talk: LEADER.
L: Listen and Learn from others (courteous, reverent)
E: Energize the organization (friendly, kind)
A: Act for the benefit of everyone (brave, obedient)
D: Develop themselves and others (helpful)
E: Empower others to lead (trustworthy, loyal)
R: Recognize achievement (cheerful)
Listen to your brothers, especially your silent leaders. Just because someone is sitting in the back of the room does not mean they have nothing to offer. Learn from each other, your advisors, the staff that work with your chapter and your alumni. You have the opportunity to learn something every day. Take full advantage.
Energize your chapter by setting the example for the brotherhood. Be enthusiastic in your actions, honor your obligations, do what you say you're going to do, set a standard for your chapter to follow. Be mindful with your words, thoughtful in your actions, and wear your letters and pin with pride of what they represent.
Let you Actions speak for you. Reach out if a brother needs help. Don't be afraid to speak up if something needs discussing. And most importantly, remember that when acting for the benefit of everyone, that includes you. Being the best brother you can be requires understanding your limits. Don't major in APO.
Take time to Develop your skills and the skills of your brothers. Seek opportunities (or even bring them to your chapter!) to build leadership skills. Chair projects which will bring service to your campus.
Encourage brothers to take on leadership roles. Put your trust in them to get the job done. Help newer brothers learn by letting them shadow you in your role. Back your brothers up if they need a hand.
Celebrate and Recognize when your chapter and the brothers do something well. Consider trying for the different awards your school and APO offer. Or even something as simple as "snaps" or "kudos (as mentioned last week) travel far.
Remember that we are the best role models for our new family members and one another. Being a "good brother" starts with us. Keep these things in mind each day.
As always, feel free to reach out to us if you would like more information, have any comments or questions! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week, be excellent to each other!
In LFS, YOUR region membership squad