Leadership lessons from a coxswainPosted by staff / May 10, 2011
Crew is a unique sport. Even if you put eight of the world’s strongest guys in a boat and teach them to row, they’re useless without a coxswain. The coxswain steers the boat, makes sure everybody is rowing in sync, and motivates the crew. It’s a tough job, and a gold mine for leadership lessons. The blog Thought Leaders LLC extracts some of those lessons. Here is just one:
Being small doesn’t mean being weakNo matter your physical presence or your tenure with the organization, do you take full control of the team at all times? Do your words and action carry weight for your team and get them moving in the right direction? Regardless of stature (physical or organizational) remember your team looks to you for leadership. Get over any hang-ups or insecurities then step up and lead.
Coxswains are physically tiny. Like *really* tiny. That said, they’re usually the strongest member of the team in terms of leadership and direction. They have to get four or eight other highly-accomplished athletes rowing in perfect synchronicity. They also have to lead all team movements from the boat trailer to rigging to launch to recovery. A coxswain is always performing some leadership task to get the team to its destination safely and in a winning way.
Full story at Thought Leaders LLC.
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