Team Building on the Roof of Africa

From the arid plains of Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro rises majestically to 5895m. Soaring above the clouds, Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape and has become a huge tourism drawing card for Tanzania. Often referred to as a long hike, don’t be fooled by those that tell you it is a walk in the park. Kilimanjaro extracts a price from all those that attempt to stand upon her glaciated summit. This was my third time to climb Kilimanjaro and as always teamwork was required for success. Being an expedition leader it is my responsibility to keep my team safe and to give them the best possible chance at success, but I am also responsible for team building. Beginning as a group of strangers I must help them bond into a high performance team that is ready to support one another to achieve their collective goal. All teams will form a culture, and it will form unbelievably fast. As a leader I can either sit back, let it happen and hope for the best, or I can guide it towards a vision. Utilizing Summit’s Deliberate Success model  I set out to deliberately build a high performance team. The Deliberate Success model tells us to start with Vision; begin with the end in mind as Stephen Covey taught us. Starting day one I shared my vision of high performance with the team. Expectations must be set and defined as no leader can expect their team members to live up to their expectations of they do not know what they are. Open and honest communication and support and trust were the driving values behind my...