How to Lead

Pick the leadership style to suit the situation

Formal Directive
(Stringing a bow activity)
  • Clear instructions, no opportunity to debate
  • Use for explaining a new task "put the peg in at 45 degrees"
  • Use when there is a danger "stop"
Supportive (Tying a knot activity)
  • Lead your team when they come across a problem
  • Help them find the solution themselves
  • Use when your team knows how to complete part of the task
Passive (Playing football activity)
  • Use when you know someone can complete the task without help
  • Use with people you trust to do the job
Democratic (Nuclear waste activity)
  • Ask people for opinions and ideas
  • Ask your patrol to vote for the best idea
  • Get people involved who are not taking part
  • Use for problem solving