Since 1979, Tim Elmore has worked with the next generation, leading them to become young men and women who solve the world’s problems and serve those less fortunate than themselves. The trouble is, there seems to be more change in our world in the last 10 years than in the previous several decades. No doubt you have seen this change too.
This Travel Guide is designed to help you navigate our changing landscape. While, you are likely already an engaged leader, teacher, coach, or manager, even the best leaders can get left behind if the world moves forward and they stay put. Leadership, especially leadership of the next generation, requires us to be people who are both timely (in touch with the present needs and problems of today’s world) and timeless (understanding of the never changing foundations upon which leadership is built). Being this type of leader takes commitment, reflection, and practice. That’s what this travel guide is designed to help you do.
As you read Marching Off the Map, you’ll no doubt think of many ideas for new directions you could take. In many ways you’ll be challenged to rethink the best ways to lead youth today. If you’re challenged but never take action, or are presented with new ideas and are never asked to reflect on it, change is not likely to occur, This guide was created to give you a place to write down your ideas, ask yourself big questions, and contextualize the content of the book to your work.
As you finish each chapter in Marching Off the Map, return to this travel guide to reflect. I encourage you to write in the margins, come up with new ideas, and share them with your colleagues. Fill up this now unused guide so it can become a roadmap for your work. No one knows your context quite like you, so use this as a roadmap on the path to better leadership.