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Skills of Leadership training

Module 8 – part of Section Leader training

Who this is for

Section volunteers completing a Wood Badge.

Learning options

Course, Small group or One to one.

How long it takes

5-6 hours.                                            

How to complete it

Demonstration to a Training Adviser.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn about models, tools and techniques for effective leadership, and leadership styles.

Additional information

The Section Leader training modules are part of the Wood Badge training for Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders. This is optional for Section Assistants.

You can complete them in any order, within the first three years of volunteering.

Skills of Leadership (module 8) is one of the Section Leaders training modules.

Validation is showing what you know and that you can use it in practice.

Talk to a Training Adviser to decide if you’ll need to do the learning for this module, and what you’ll do to validate it.

To validate this module, you’ll need to complete two of the following:

  • Use a systematic planning tool to complete a task, provide evidence of your use of the tool and discuss the experience with a Training Adviser.
  • Apply the Action Centred Leadership model to an activity which you have run recently and explain how it helped you to complete the activity.
  • Using a questionnaire, or similar tool, identify your preferred leadership style, and how it impacts on your role in Scouting. Reflect on the four different leadership styles and consider how they inform your working in your section or Group Leadership Team.
  • Produce evidence showing how you have led an event or activity during which your leadership style changed several times.
  • Run a game or activity to develop leadership skills in young people or adults.
  • Any other ideas subject to agreement with a Training Adviser.

Some examples of how you can demonstrate these actions to a Training Adviser are:

  • Have a discussion with a Training Adviser or produce a report.
  • Invite a Training Adviser to attend and observe a section meeting.
  • Get a written or verbal statement from an observer.
  • Show notes, photos or videos of an activity of you running a game or activity.
  • Show notes on the planning, execution and review of a task using a systematic planning tool.

See the Adult Personal File (pages 71 and 72) for more examples of how you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt.

You can start other Section Leader training modules before validating this one.

This module is for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants who are completing a Wood Badge, and it should be completed within the first three years of volunteering.

If you are not sure if you need to do this module, check POR Chapter 16: Roles Table.

You can also ask your volunteer line manager or a Training Adviser, or contact the Support Centre.

Training courses are organised locally. Most Districts, Counties and Areas offer course dates on their own websites.

A Training Adviser will be able to answer any questions you have. Don’t worry if you haven’t been assigned one yet, you can speak to your volunteer line manager, local Training Manager or County Training Manager.

If you're not sure who to speak to locally, you can contact the Support Centre.