Supporting, encouraging and developing others to achieve a shared goal
“At the earliest stages, the focus is on basic empathy - understanding their own feelings, being able to share them, and recognising the feelings of others. The focus is on managing -dividing up tasks, managing time and sharing resources, managing group discussions and dealing with disagreements.”
After spending some time on rowing young people will have to develop understanding and empathy for their team mates, and an understanding of their goals. Having a constructive group debrief and being able to confront disagreements in the crew helps a lot.
Beyond that, individuals build their awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses, and those of their teams. This allows them to allocate tasks effectively. They then build techniques to mentor, coach and motivate others. At the highest steps, individuals will be able to reflecton their own leadership style and understand its effect on others.
Stepping into Leadership roles in their crew, age group, working in a crew dynamic or as part of a school indoorrowing programme juniors learn to identify what they are good at, the ability to role model and lift younger members of the club up to their level is invaluable.
Ultimately, they should be able to build on their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses, and adapt their leadership style to the situation.
Working with numerous team mates and having to lend their strengths to bring the team together.