Leadership Skills Developing
DeMolay provides the vital tools to all young men to take on the challenge of developing into the leaders of the future! Everyone has the ability to be an effective leader. DeMolay is the jumping-off point for young men to learn, enact, and control their leadership opportunities and skills. Having the drive to be “a leader” and working up for increased responsibilities is the first step that DeMolay provides a young man, and the lessons they learn through involvement and hard work is what sets them up on the path to self-developed leadership.
Leadership is influencing people by providing purpose, motivation, and direction while operating to accomplish a goal, mission or task, and improve the organization.
CONFIDENCE. Confidence is the faith that leaders place in their abilities to act properly in any situation, even under stress and with little information. Leaders who know their own capabilities and believe in themselves are confident. Self-confidence grows from experience. Too much confidence can be as detrimental as too little confidence. Both extremes impede learning and adaptability. Loud-mouthed bragging or self-promotion—is not confidence. Truly confident leaders do not need to advertise because their actions prove their abilities.
CHARACTER. A person’s ethical qualities, helps determine what is right and gives a leader motivation to do what is appropriate, regardless of the circumstances or the consequences.
RESPECT. Treating people as they should be treated. The leader demonstrates the value of dignity and human worth, creating a positive environment and projecting cultural tolerance.
SOUND JUDGMENT. Judgment requires having a capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw feasible conclusions. Good judgment enables the leader to form sound opinions and to make sensible decisions and reliable guesses. Good judgment on a consistent basis is important for success and much of it comes from experience.
INTERPERSONAL TACT. Effectively interacting with others depends on knowing what others perceive. It also relies on accepting the character, reactions, and motives of oneself and others. Interpersonal tact combines these skills, along with recognizing diversity and displaying self-control, balance, and stability in all situations. Good leaders control their emotions.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE. Leaders constantly serve as role models for others. Leaders will always be viewed as the example, so they must maintain standards and provide examples of effectiveness through all their actions. Proper role modeling provides tangible evidence of desired behaviors and reinforces verbal guidance through demonstration of commitment and action.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS. Leaders communicate effectively by clearly expressing ideas and actively listening to others. By understanding the nature and importance of communication and practicing effective communication techniques, leaders will relate better to others and translate goals into actions.
ORGANIZATION SKILLS. Leaders ensure they are prepared to execute their leadership responsibilities fully. They are aware of their limitations and strengths and seek to develop themselves. Only through continuous preparation and practicing lifelong learning and development can an individual fulfill the responsibilities of leadership.
DEVELOPS OTHERS. Leaders encourage and support others to grow as individuals and teams. They facilitate the achievement of organizational goals through assisting others to develop. They prepare others to assume new positions elsewhere in the organization, making the organization more versatile and productive.
DECISIVENESS. Effectively leading requires having the ability to analyze, process, and problem solve situations to reach a decision. Making the “right” decision will not always be the outcome. Not having the ability to make decisions is far worse than making wrong decisions. We all learn from wrong decisions.
Many DeMolay Jurisdictions hold annual Leadership Training Conferences to help you succeed in becoming an effective leader for the future.
Would you like to be a leader?
To be eligible to join DeMolay, three simple requirements need to be met by the applicant.
- You are a young man between the ages of 12 and 21.
- You are of good moral character.
- You believe in a supreme being (all religions welcome).