Being a leader isn’t all about getting the job done, it’s also about self-improvement and challenging yourself to be the best leader that you can be. Trying out a new challenge for the first time can be daunting, but when you really think about it, what’s the worst that can happen? Your fear is what is getting in the way of you and developing your leadership skills and qualities.
Let’s take climbing as an example. When you’re beginning the climb, you are there with the equipment, your instructor and your doubt. Trust and communication are both important aspects to making a successful climb. You’ll find yourself relaying communications and instructions to and from with your instructor, whilst realising your safety is in both their, and your own hands. The clearer your intensions, the clearer and more successful the results will be.
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Not only will climbing develop communication and trust, you’ll have to strategize your route. A successful climb will need careful and thorough strategy and planning – thoughts like, ‘ifI latch onto that bit, will I get a good hold on that ledge?’, will cross your mind, but that’s not a bad thing. Proving you can successfully plan and manage your route will prove that you can skilfully navigate towards your goals.
It’s not going to be easy. If at first you aren’t successful, try again. Analysing is one thing, but the confidence to push yourself to achieve what may seem impossible is another. If you want to succeed, you’ll need to consider both of these points.
Ask for feedback – it’s important to know where you’re going wrong and where you are doing well. Just remember, improvement is your goal! So, don’t get too hung up if the feedback is more negative than positive.
You’ll be learning in stages before you jump right into the deep end. From building up your log book with many different experiences like instructor led routes with graded rock climbs, led routes at a climbing wall and instructor led routes with outdoor bolt protected sport climbs. This may seem like a lot of prep work, but just like workplace scenarios, you can’t just expect someone to take on a task they’ve never done before and expect it to go smoothly without proper training.
If you’re interested in taking part in rock climbing, why not take a look at Mountain Training.