9 Questions

  • 1. What is your leadership project?
    My leadership project is to teach, lead and train kayakers to compete in future competitions


    2. When did it start ad when do you expect to finish?
    This porjected started during the term 1 holidays
    It is not expected to finish for the rest of the year. (although this does depend on if kayakers start to drop out)


    3. Who intiated it?
    Bruce Webber of Kawerau Bluelight
    But he has now gone to Japan and is continued to run through me and other more experianced kayakers,


    4. As a leader, what is your role in the project?
    I have my own small group of people to teach/train


    5. Who else is involved?
    A range of people are involved, for safety reasons.
    (About 4 coaches and up to 8 'newbies')


    6. What are the actual results of the leadershi programme been, at this point?
    We have people who turn up one day, but disappear the next.
    My group that I am teaching usually show up and their skills are increasing. They get better and better each session, but the cold is starting to effect numbers.


    7. How do you feel personally as leader of this project?
    I feel that cold weather will have a huge effect on numbers, and it is difficult to get people on the water and to turn up to every training. Also their listening skills have an effect on my voice and sometimes my patience, althought I don't let this show.


    8. What have you learned about your leadership style, and the five practices of exemplary student leadership, from this project.?
    I have learnt that "enabling others to act" is quite difficult, but due to my calm and humor/enjoyment approach to this project, many of the newbies are eager to become as good as me or even better. By challenging them to small competitions makes them more eager to beat me and start kayaking harder grades of water with the more experianced paddlers.


    9. As a result of this experiance, what would you advise others to do to be an effective leader?
    Remain calm, try not to scare off your team. Make each session with your team as fun and enjoyable as you can and involve everyone in everything that is being done/said during the sessions, even 'inside jokes'. It helps keep the atmosphere happy and people want to come back.


    Jono Smith