Introduction to our Model
To lead in our ever changing water based environment poses a lot of questions for the leader. From each of these questions follows a decision to be made, each one of the decisions leading to a successful day out or a day that could have perhaps been better. We know good leadership is all about keeping people safe, yet it is far more than that. We want to influence and motivate our group towards communal or individual goals, we want to inspire and of course we want them to develop that passion for paddlesport. To do this we must have good interpersonal skills, be able to communicate, show empathy and understand all those around us. Leadership is essentially all about our behaviours; our actions are always going to be remembered more than our status or name. The following sections explore our actions and behaviour as a Leader and questions their influence on the group or individual.
1. Questions for Leaders
So how do we do it, or more importantly, how could we do it better? What influences our behaviours and critically, how should I behave? How can I have all the answers and know what style I should adopt when I’m leading? Well, British Canoeing have been playing with a model to help answer just those questions and it may not just make us safe leaders but perhaps make us inspirational leaders. Lets have a look at some of those questions we need to think about as Leaders.