@Stosh...very true. We have a recent SPL who came off like "Joe Manager". When he got in the role I had to stop the PLC from wanting to impeach him after two months. Nothing got done. Met with him, helped him plan, worked on objectives and how to reach them, provided the tools with examples, etc. Nada. Zip. No one home. Wanted the title, could not be bothered with the role.
The next two guys who took over have been TREMENDOUS!!! Still shaking my head at what else I could have done to help the kid. Just did not want to engage.
I have run into PL's like that as well. Don't use the SPL's unless I have a larger troop and the one boy that I did have as SPL was really great at it.
The secret I have found, and is the core of the servant leadership concept is the person has to genuinely want care about other people or it isn't going to work. If all they care about is the job, it's not going to work (Joe Management). And if all they care about is themselves it's not going to work either (Johnny Narcissism).
Give me a person who cares and I can open up his world to servant leadership and I can even help with some basic management lessons to help get him more effective with getting things done, too. But they'll figure those things out on their own as they help others with their needs.
Give me a person who only worries about the job. I can help them get the job done, but when they complain no one listens to their directions, no one wants to help out, etc. then I can suggest to them servant leadership, but until they care it never works.
Give me a person who only worries about himself, I just introduce him to an Eagle Mill troop and suggest maybe he'd be happier there.
The "natural born" leader is one who has quickly matured beyond his/her age level and capitalizes on it from an early age. I once had someone explain "maturity" to me once. When a person is born it is totally selfish. I'm wet, I'm hungry, I'm tired, take care of me! Now! For those who have ever had a newborn in their house, they will know what I mean. As they get older they begin to give up their selfishness and start thinking about the world beyond themselves and how they fit in. Eventually they become a mature person who is focused on helping out others, like parents taking care of their children and eventually in return, their parents when they become elderly and can no longer care for themselves.
This cycle is the life of a person here on earth. Those that don't grow up and can't take care of themselves in society end up institutionalized either in a medical or penal setting.
We happen to catch the age group on the final years of development before the child enters "full maturity" of adulthood. What we do with those final years is what scouting is all about. We see the transition from budding maturity to full maturity and the final stages of taking care of no one but themselves to "helping other people at all times." How quickly we assist these boys in developing maturity, caring and subsequent leadership varies from one person to the next. BSA offers very little specific training in this area.
This is why it is important to be able to teach true leadership to these boys. It means one meets some fantastic young people that are constantly leaving huge voids in one's life, but it's worth it. Even to the point where one travels half-way across the country to attend a wedding of a young man that wasn't YOUR son, but he's important anyway. It's an emotionally "painful" process, but it does keep one from burning out along the way.