The truth is that the best leaders are the best learners. Leadership can be learned. It is an observable pattern of practices and behaviors, and a definable set of skills and abilities. Skills can be learned, and when we track the progress of people who participate in leadership development programs, we observe that they improve over time.
Coaching from a whole-life perspective involves creating vision and plans for all areas of your life. For me this includes Adventure. I’ve enjoyed many adventures over the years and my next will be mountaineering in Nepal. Please check out Red Panda Expeditions to learn more about the company I will be climbing with and the ways in which they serve in Nepal.
Preparation is a significant part of any adventure. For help to anyone planning a trip to Island Peak or interested in a future adventure in Nepal, I’ve compiled a list of the gear I will be taking:
I was first introduced to experiential learning in 1998. A friend and cycling companion, Luke Miller, invited me to get training as a ropes course facilitator working for WinShape Wilderness. I fell in love with the art of facilitation and the use of experiences to help people and groups learn, grow, and better impact the people they serve. I soaked up everything I could working along side Luke. Within a years time, I went from a contract worker, to summer staff, to seasonal staff, to program manager. I spent seven years working with some of the best people I know. During this time, I saw again and again the powerful impact of learning through experiences.
What makes an experience such a powerful tool for learning? Here are three reasons why I’m still using experiential learning, 15 years later.