Waite Phillips On Leadership

January 25, 2009

Through the years, many things have been said about leadership but few have put it as precisely and as accurately as Waite Phillips, donor of Philmont Scout Ranch, when he said:

The boss drives his men;
the leader coaches them.

The boss inspires fear;
the leader inspires enthusiasm.

The boss says “I”;
the leader says “We.”

The boss assigns tasks;
the leader sets the pace.

The boss says “Get here on time!”;
the leader gets there ahead of time.

The boss fixes blame for the breakdown;
the leader fixes the breakdown.

The boss knows how it’s done;
the leader shows how.

The boss makes work a drudgery;
the leader makes it a game.

The boss says “Go!”;
the leader says “Let’s go!”

The world needs leaders,
but nobody wants a boss.


Scoutmaster Minute 25 Jan 09

An Assistant Scoutmaster gave me this from his Wood Badge Troop Guide material.  I may have it in my binder, it sounds familiar, but I didn’t find it there.  My only regret as a Scout was never taking a trek at Philmont.  I’ve hiked many trails in the Rockies since, but Philmont, that would be something.

Used to be an Owl, a good old Owl, too…


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