Article by Doug Cooper July 2015
For those of us that lead others in the outdoors it is a privilege we should not take lightly. Everyday I am fortunate enough to be out on the water exploring a section of river, sea or loch with a group of less experienced paddlers I see it as a huge responsibility. The group’s safety is the obvious responsibility, but for me my leadership role is far bigger then that. The experience they have with me as their leader will shape their thoughts about paddling, their thoughts about the environment and their thoughts about the people around them. These thoughts and memories will last forever and as leaders I believe the responsibility of the experience the groups have with us is one not to be overlooked. So the question is; what type of leader are you and what experiences do you want to create? Having considered this it then all boils down to the next question; how do you lead to ensure this?