Mike Loftus serves as the president of MLE Inc., where he oversees the production of turnkey solutions for brand services and signage projects across the country. Beyond his professional obligations with MLE, Mike Loftus serves as den leader of a Cub Scouts pack.
Successful scout leaders possess a number of key traits and characteristics, as detailed in the following list:
1. Integrity. Prioritize honesty, and avoid making promises you cannot keep. Continuously breaking promises can result in lowered morale and negatively affect scouts’ ability to trust you. It also teaches scouts that promises don’t meaning anything.
2. Fairness. A good leader refrains from favoritism and enforces fairness in all situations. Be sure to delegate tasks fairly. You may consider assigning duties according to the preferences, strengths, and skills of each individual, provided you give all scouts an equal opportunity.
3. Optimism. Show enthusiasm for your role as a scout leader and foster optimism among your troop. Prepare activities at least an hour before scouts arrive, and come early to events to demonstrate your devotion.
4. Communication. Make sure your troop knows they can come to you with their questions and concerns. Deliver information in a clear, concise manner, and know when to be firm when giving directions.
5. Flexibility. Even the best-laid plans can go awry. Flexibility is key to handling situations where things do not go as planned, so always come be with an alternative.