Leadership with a Light Touch

I recently went camping with a group of 90 friends. Credit for the fact that it was very enjoyable goes to a small cohort of voluntary leaders. Based on lessons learned from less successful previous trips, the leaders started well in advance to plan and organize the event. Lists, sign-up sheets, and extensive preparations all contributed to a smooth camping experience, including meals and clean-up, camp setup and takedown.

Food for Thought ~

Three fundamental leadership skills were evident: planning, organizing, and communicating. With peers, asserting one’s authority is not an option. I call it “leadership with a light touch.” You have to inspire and influence people with your attitude and example. If you want to learn how to be a leader or become a better one, there’s no better training than leading a group of volunteers.

Question of the day ~

Have you had experience leading a group of peers, colleagues or friends? What have you learned from that experience?

On behalf of my guest columnist for last week’s edition, Karen Vyverberg, thanks very much for your positive response to this young leader and writer. Also, if you haven’t yet had a chance to read my current article on the importance of self-awareness as a leader, here’s the link.