June 18, 2012, 06:06AM
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How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?
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Leadership born of the wilderness"In the unpredictable, challenging, dynamic wilderness environment, our participants learn five key principles—practice leadership, lead from everywhere, behave well, keep calm, and disconnect to connect—that apply directly to today’s business world"
April 2012 HBR's article Wilderness Leadership—on the Job describes the NOLS - "National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), we take 15,000 executives, students, and armed services members into the wilderness each year to help them develop leadership skills...In the unpredictable, challenging, dynamic wilderness environment, our participants learn five key principles—practice leadership, lead from everywhere, behave well, keep calm, and disconnect to connect—that apply directly to today’s business world"
The organization is an example of a long tradition of putting people in extreme environments in order to learn team-building and leadership skills.
"Participants might start with small choices, such as when and for how long the hiking group will take a break, and end with big decisions, like mapping out and executing an unsupervised off-trail excursion. Our participants work up to consequential leadership, building knowledge and skills step by step. And they are forced to learn from their inevitable mistakes. “We let them fail early and often,” explains Joseph Thomas, the U.S. Naval Academy’s Lakefield Family Foundation Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership and a NOLS instructor. “The more times they fail, the more long-lasting the lessons.”
How could this model be replicated and enhanced in order to make it a lifelong, sustainable habit of leadership for young people?