For Outward Bound, when leading a team of climbers up a mountain, one the most crucial bonds holding this group of people together is the knowledge that everyone is looking out for one another. Surprises are the name of the game when mountaineers choose to ascend to lofty peaks. Missed hand holds, unexpected slips, avalanches, faulty equipment; the surprises can be endless for Outward Bound expeditions. The team is the unit that shows agility and perseverance despite the obstacles, ensuring safety, risk management, and team building. Outward Bound teaches these leadership and team building pillars in their outdoor education programs.
When managing a team in the office, the sentiment is the same. To have agility in leadership provides as much benefit to your staff as it does an Outward Bound team on the slopes of a mountain. In times of crisis, an agile leader is able to respond effectively and appropriately – based on the crisis itself. Whether the challenge is communication methods with staff, problem solving with a team, or managing a meeting. Reaching down, assessing need, and pulling up your fellow team mate can mean the difference between success and failure. No two people are going to need the same solution, so why approach each challenge with rigidity of thought?
When a team is willing to trust and follow their leader, as the Outward Bound youth trust their instructors, that is when great achievements can be seen. Good leaders have a way of leavening their team. They illicit the best qualities of those surrounding them so the team can function better together. Thus, by targeting need, responding with agility and following through with perseverance, creative solutions can be found to address any crisis that arises.