How Sailing Empowers Leaders In The Workplace

Here’s a terrific editorial about a sailor who recently was certified at OCSC Sailing in Berkeley:

A couple years ago I was introduced to sailing during a spontaneous trip to Monterey with my family. Ignoring all cautions, we sailed along the coast in conditions most casual sailors would shy away from. By the end of the trip we were all exhausted and drenched from head-to-toe, but I had fallen in love with sailing.

Over the last year, I’ve been learning to sail through formal instruction at OCSC Sailing Club in Berkeley, CA. The club’s motto, “Inspire Confidence,” represents their methodology of teaching proper technique and mentally conditioning you for the unexpected. What I’ve learned is that there are basic sailing principles that can be applied to a workplace environment to help create better leaders and improve team dynamics.

Delegate to your crew.

Every person has a specific job that contributes to efficient sailing and are responsible for working as a team to ensure the safety of everyone onboard. Your team of employees all contribute in some way to keep the company moving forward. Learn to delegate properly. Defining clear responsibilities and encouraging employees to work together as a team will help operations run smoother and more efficiently.

Communication is key.

The crew cannot read the skipper’s mind so it is up to the skipper to clearly state their intentions. Workplace communication is vital to the flow of information and now more than ever, it is important to receive regular updates from your team. Transparency also helps employees have a better view of what other global factors may affect their tasks ahead; so consider opening up your filter of information.

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