Frederick Russell Burnham: The Power and Appeal of Fierce Leadership

Considered a major inspiration for the founding of the international Scouting movement, Major Frederick Russell Burnham was an adventurer who wrote on the power of leadership.

Frederick Russell Burnham (1861-1947) was an American scout and adventurer who served a major inspiration for the founding of the international Scouting Movement. Burnham was born on a Lakota Sioux Indian Reservation in Minnesota and learned to scout and remain self-sufficient in his early teens. He traveled the world as a Chief of Scouts, fought in several African military campaigns under the British flag, and befriended Robert Baden-Powell (father of the Boy Scouts) in Rhodesia. Burnham died of heart failure at the age of 86. A mountain in California now bears his name.


"I am more afraid of an army of a hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of a hundred lions led by a sheep."

Source: Taking Chances by Burnham (1944) (via WikiQuote)

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