What Being A Scout Leader Has Taught Me

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate RS282607

Taking that leap from being a parent to several leadership roles in the Boy Scouts of America has been very rewarding....and at some times very challenging...


Do a good turn daily....Be Prepared...Do Your Best...Keeping myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight...kind of sounds like the REALTOR® Code of Ethics...


As a Scout Leader, especially as a Commissioner in the City of Philadelphia, my duty is to ensure all units succeed, which means to ABL (Always Be Learning), and in real estate the ABC....if you have seen the movie...


We all face challenges in real estate, and...there is always a solution to every challenge we face, but here is the question, "Do you do the right thing all the time?" A Scout is Trustworthy.


How many times have you thrown your hands up in the air, pulled out your hair (maybe that explains my follicly challenged scalp), but in the long run, remained polite and calm? A Scout is Cheerful.


Ohhh....and that ridiculous call that comes into the office, sure we can be rude, are we? A Scout is Courteous and Kind.


Now this is one of my pet peeves...cleanliness....oh that BO....what about the words that come from our hearts and mind through our mouths? A Scout is Clean.


In today's current events...tolerance is the buzzword, but it goes both ways. How about we all respect each other as roommates on this big blue ball flying through space at a million miles per second? A Scout is Reverent.


That call we receive from someone...anyone...or that slightly irritating agent, should we return that call, or let them fall to the wayside? A Scout is Helpful.


Do we sugarcoat the truth, overprice a property because of fear of losing the listing, not want to "insult" a home-owner about the condition of their house? How about being honest with some buyers about what they can afford, and not afford? A Scout is Brave.


Do you have a backroom deal with another agent, or are you looking out for the interests of your client? A Scout is Obedient.


Here are some great words to live by...regardless of our stations in life:


A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.


....and to continue...we must always be in the process of improving ourselves...


"Be your Best, give your Best, because those we serve deserve our Best...Attitude Reflects Leadership!!!"

Carpe Diem!!!




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Peter B. Lavelle

"Marketing Your Home for All It Is Worth"



 Real estate is a people business and you deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, as well as having an agent that will "Do the right thing ALL the time, EVERYTIME."

I believe in challenging the status quo by being different, being original, leading the way, and understanding that attitude reflects leadership.

As a mentor to many youth in our area, I build my business to help them in their path and journey to being leaders in their own right. Please join me in helping to provide for them their path to success.



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Peter- beautifully said.  If only those of us who were in scouting would remember and practice what we learned. 

May 08, 2017 06:22 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                         Thank you Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR 

May 13, 2017 05:23 PM #2
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Attitude Reflects Leadership: truest words I've read.

May 14, 2017 05:11 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! This should have a Gold Star..well written and so true!! Thank you for a great analogy.

May 14, 2017 05:45 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Peter

So glad I found this post through Kathy Streib 's feature. There is some pretty wise learning here even for those of us who were not scouts. We can all learn from the scouts!

Enjoy your Sunday!


May 14, 2017 07:33 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Nice analogies between boy scouts and real estate professionals!

May 15, 2017 04:08 AM #6
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

I was in Scouts for years, in two different countries no less.  Words to live by, indeed.  And Be Prepared. 

May 15, 2017 10:33 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I learnt a lot as a cub scout leader, and hopefully passed some of that onto our pack. I know when it came time to pass the baton it was harder to do than I thought.

May 15, 2017 03:56 PM #8
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In our HOA we use a scout master. Well he was a boy scout about 65 years ago. Our dues have been close to nothing for 35 years. The scouts came pick up the tresh and clean it up. Thanks to the scout master Lynn.

May 16, 2017 10:32 AM #9
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