Shhh…It’s a Secret!

Let me tell you a secret. Please don’t tattle on me, but I’m going to give you a sneak-peak at Wood Badge.

There is an essential skill you must acquire if you want to be an effective leader and it’s a central topic of the first weekend. With only that much information a Scouter might guess fire building, having a loud voice, or a good memory. Not close, but here are more clues:

Next clue: It can’t be done alone and can take many forms. You might now wonder if the secret is: musical harmony or throwing a party? Perhaps, but let’s be more specific.

If I tell you that songs, a phone call, an angry look, and a pat on the back are all examples of this skill, can you now guess correctly? In fact, I’m doing it right now and you are participating.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the secret skill of effective leaders is the ability to communicate well. Communication takes at least two people, doesn’t it? Becoming great at it takes focus and practice. During the six days of Wood Badge, you will learn the basics of communication and have many opportunities to put this skill to work.

I’m looking forward to communicating with each of you very soon – in person.

Mark Larson

Course Director