More and more companies and managers are using outdoor event learning to teach management and leadership skills. There a re a number of good reasons not the least of which is the enhanced learning that comes form being out of your element. In this article, you will take a look at the “10 Skills to Develop Outdoor Leadership” and be able to visualize how they can apply in your business unit.
“GUEST BLOG: Seth Quigg has been working in the Adventure Education field for over ten years. Through his work with NOLS and World Challenge Expeditions, he has become well-versed in outdoor leadership development …” (communication is one of the 10 keys)
“Communication – Body language, non-verbal, hand gestures, and speech are a few ways that humans communicate. In the outdoors communication needs to be clear, meaning all members of the expedition need to be on the same page. How do we get on the same page? Experienced outdoors people will usually have formal or informal ‘briefings’ and maybe sometimes ‘debriefings’. This provides the opportunity to discuss any personal or group goals which may be present within the group. This also helps with ‘excitements’ or apprehensions about the proclaimed activity. Say what you mean and mean what you say. For example, I once had a co-instructor ask me to watch their water. In literal translation, I was not going to “watch” this person’s water. However, theintent of this person’s message was understood so I proceeded to treat their water with the chemical which was oxidizing while they were away. The focus needs to be on intention of the provider versus the impact it has on the... “
In addition, critical thought, goals and tolerance are three more of the 10. You begin to make the connection between leadership in outdoor endeavors and what is needed day-to-day any any business unit.