Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Ocean: Team Formation

Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Ocean: Team Formation

When it comes to the formation of a team, there’s firstly a consensus among top sailing leaders that each potential team member must be assessed on both their skills and expertise and the compatibility of their values. ‘It doesn’t matter how talented you are,’ says America’s Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill. ‘If you have an ego or bad attitude, you have no place in a successful team.’

Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Ocean: Leadership Styles

Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Ocean: Leadership Styles

As in the business world, it is apparent that on the water there is no single universally successful approach to leadership, with many of the most effective sailing leaders able to change their style to suit the situation at hand. Clipper Race skipper Wendy Tuck describes different crew members responding differently to different styles and explorer Tim Jarvis suggests that leadership really should be situational.

Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Ocean: Trust

Enduring Leadership Lessons from the Ocean: Trust

Sailing, whether for survival or competition, is an unforgiving business. Confined in close quarters, crew members are utterly reliant on each other, and a heavy weight of responsibility falls on the skipper’s shoulders. The teams that excel in such environments provide a multitude of learnings for leaders back on dry land. So through this blog series, I’ve set out to explore some of the most important and universally applicable leadership lessons from the oceans.

Podcast: Conquering Fear & Managing Risk with Adventurer Jess Watson OAM

Podcast: Conquering Fear & Managing Risk with Adventurer Jess Watson OAM

Entrepreneur and intergenerational leadership expert Holly Ransom features Jessica in an episode of her podcast. Holly and Jessica's conversation covers conquering fear, managing risk and having the audacity to believe you can. 

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