What is servant leadership? Servant leadership is just a phrase like boy run, patrol method and leadership. Humans, especially youth like clear descriptions of the actions needed to satisfy the phrase. Scouting has done that part well. Servant leadership are outward actions of the Scout Law; very simple. The Oath and Law are actions that are be summed up as servant hood or serving others. Leading others guided with only the actions of the scout law develops Servant Leadership.
As we talk about giving scouts independence to make decisions without adult intrusion, we only have to remind them to refer to their Handbook for guidience to all their decisions and outward actions. Then they only have to review the handbook to hold themselves accountable instead of seeking adult approval of acting satisfactory to a phrase.
There's a fundamental difference between boy-led and adult-led. There's a fundamental difference between patrol-method and troop-method. There's a fundamental difference between leadership and management. They are not just phrases one just throws about. Boy-led/adult-led describes the fundamental difference on who's making decisions for the group. Patrol-method/troop-method describes the fundamental difference on how the group is organized. Leadership/management describes the fundamental focus on how the group experiences it's culture of operation.
If ons is to develop an environment for a boy-led operation, they won't be doing many lessons in adult-led processes. Yes, they are not mutually exclusive, but one needs to know when to apply which one at what time. If one is to develop an environment for a patrol-method operation, they won't be doing many lessons or focusing on troop-method operations very often. If our goal is to develop leadership and the lessons offered are managerial only in nature, we will probably do a great job of creating managers, but won't get much traction in developing great leaders. Management is not the focus of what leadership is all about.
I hear the concerns of those on the forum with boys struggling with what is perceived as leadership i.e. the boys won't listen to me, or the boys have all run off and won't do their jobs, and yet I hear the solution often times suggested fall under the category of management, i.e. you need a duty roster, you need to delegate and persuade them, or worst of all, send them to me, the SM, and I'll deal with it. Training programs on leadership are mostly mislabeled management programs. Strangely I audibly hear, "Why don't you take the lead on teaching this subject." But what I hear in my head is, "Why don't you take the leadership role by using management techniques to convey the message of this subject." After all what does one think a syllabus and leaders' guide and curriculum are all about. 100% management tools!
Teachers are not necessarily leaders, it's not a given. Some students become teacher's pets and some become teacher's headaches. To justify in their minds what's going on, it is NEVER the teacher's lack of leadership that is the problem, it is always deemed the child is the problem for any one of a thousand different excuses. Because of this being so effective in our culture today, the problem never gets solved or even addressed properly. Ever go to a seminar for teachers and have them hold workshops on teacher leadership? No where near as many as there are on how to control a disruptive child or conducting classroom discipline.
One can manage unruly kids in the classroom, just separate them or send them to the principal's office so that it doesn't have an effect on the other students. Or through leadership ward off the problem before they have a chance to start. Or best of all use one's leadership coupled with a few management skills and avoid the hassle altogether.
As scout leaders I hear these same concerns expressed here. We have all heard about everyone's disruptive scouts, those that don't pay attention, those that bully others, etc. etc. etc. and etc. I only offer up what I have learned as another option to consider because a lot of the hassles I hear with unit structure, leadership development, problem scouts, etc. all have their basis in how we as "leaders" "manage" the operation of the unit. If those two words stand hand-in-hand synonymous to oneself, best of luck with your units. If they are not the same, and one can distinguish between the two, enjoy and have fun with your units because one won't need luck to make it successful.