Resources for Exploring Leaders
Helpful tools for youth and adult leaders
Exploring can offer a great and worthwhile service to people with disabilities, both by involving young adults with disabilities in posts, and by giving service to people in the community who are disabled.
An important part of your mission is developing young people into leaders. How do you do this? What kinds of insights, skills, and experiences do young people need to become leaders, and how do you facilitate that process?
Leadership Reflection [PDF]
This reflection exercise gives you a chance to stop and think about how you are doing in terms of carrying out responsibilities as an Advisor. Its goal is to show you what you have accomplished and what still must be done to achieve the goals of Exploring in your post.
Your understanding of leadership will shape how you approach your officer responsibilities, how you interact with one another, how you make decisions, and the kinds of activities and special projects you choose to engage in as a post.
Leadership Checkup [PDF]
Because one of the responsibilities of the post president is to “assess on an ongoing basis whether the responsibilities of the officers are being carried out effectively,” the president should ensure that this checkup becomes an integral part of officer training.
How to Brainstorm [PDF]
Brainstorming is an essential part of good thinking, and it is also an essential part of coming to good decisions.
One of the most successful programs developed by posts in many locations is an annual post parents’ night held in February or March. This is a good opportunity to “show off” posts to the parents of Explorers, many of whom might not know much about Exploring.
This resource on service is to give you some ideas on developing your service projects. In particular, it describes one method that will help you first identify needs for service, and then identify projects that address those needs.
How to Earn Money [PDF]
Many posts decide to purchase equipment, take a trip, or plan a special project that requires additional funds. All the participants should participate in a money-earning project.
Publicity can be in the form of a talk, special event, dinner, demonstration, exhibit, interview, conference, news story, feature story, or photo essay. The list is limited only by each post’s imagination and industriousness.
The proper introduction of people presenting programs to the post is important. Explorers expect qualified speakers, and a proper introduction lends prestige and sets the tone of the meeting.
How to Lead a Discussion [PDF]
A group discussion is a planned conversation on a selected topic with a trained discussion leader. The purpose is to express opinions and gain information on the topic and learn from the other group participants.
When called upon to make a speech, consider these suggestions to help make your speech more interesting, worthwhile, and fun for both you and your audience.
The highlight of your post’s program should be its superactivity – a major project, activity, trip, or other event that piques the interest of your post’s participants and serves as a long-range goal around which to rally your post’s program.
Some posts have waiting lists and don’t have to worry about recruiting new participants. However, the majority of posts must make regular efforts to find and recruit new participants. These methods may help.
How to Teach a Skill [PDF]
This how-to section addresses two important issues: how to teach and how to teach a skill in particular. An effective approach to teaching is based on discovery and learning through experiences.
A guide to developing effectively charts and posters.
A brief introduction to parliamentary procedure, an effective method for conducing orderly meetings, including some of the points most often encountered.