Have you ever stopped to think of how many communities you’re a part of? From work to family to friends to civic organizations, we belong to a multitude of groups – and each of those groups has its own organizational structure.

A good example of this is Boy Scouting. As the Scoutmaster of a local troop, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this community from its most basic level, the patrol, to its most complex, the national and international organizations. Breaking it down, we can get a good idea of how this community interacts. Let’s begin with the basic level, the patrol. Each patrol consists of 8 to 12 boys. Put a couple of patrols together and you have a troop. Troops make up councils. Councils make up districts. Districts make up national and all the nations make up the scouting universe.

Each level of this living, breathing community has its own leadership structure in place to ensure its continued functionality. And from each of those, I develop my unique leadership style for Troop 90 in East Concord – just like I do as a senior executive at the agency. (But at the agency we use a wider variety of salutes.)

While community is easy to define in a dictionary, it’s very complex to define in the context of everyday life. So stop. Take a moment and think about the many communities you are a part of. And as you’re thinking, consider this: Didn’t you just join a new community?