10 Skills you need to lead a trekking team

10 Skills you need to lead a trekking team

When you start a guided trekking experience in Peru with us, things can be a little bit easy. We have a really prepared team of Guides with a lot of year of experience, so knowledgeable, always taking care of you and cheering you up anytime you need it. But what about when you’re by yourself and being the one who is going to lead a group? You need to have some tools that help you and the people you are with, to be safe and sound.

So Here we go, 10 skills to help you be a good leader right up in the adventure.

1- Influence.

Leadership is about trust. You must get to know all the people trekking with you: Their expectations, their fears, their skills set and build rapport from that knowledge.

2- Awareness.

When you are leading outdoors, awareness of the external situatión is key. Being aware of your team conditions, aware of ground, weather conditions. But what is really important is being aware of yourself. Self- Awareness means to know which are your limits and how to beat them. How you relate to people? and How much you love what you do?

3- Communication.

Out there into the wild, communication among people must be clear. All the members must speak the “same language”

4-Critical Thought.

When facing risky situatión a leader must be able to make decisions that keep saving the group. Analyze the possible situatión beforehand with “Coldhead” is the best way to take the best decision in stressful moments.

5-Behavior.

Do you know what is expedition behavior? Always pull your weight, do camp chores when they need to be done and do them efficiently, and always put the group before yourself. Many expeditións fail because of the lack of the right attitude.

6-Goals.

Be specific with your goals and come up with goals for the group.  The goals should be realistic and measurable. It let you know if you made it at the end. And help to motivate your group.

7- Tolerance.

If you face a really hard situation during your trek. What you´re going to do? You just can´t go back. Being present during adverse conditions can build tolerance for adverse situations.  Learning to work with a variety of people may also build tolerance when dealing with challenging situations.

8- Self-Care.

There’s no way to care for others when you don’t take care of yourself before. Remember who put on first the oxygen mask in the airplanes? When we start talking about being a leader for your group this is a way to do it: Being a good example; eating well, drinking a lot of water, protecting yourself from cold.

9-Organization.

You need to know where all your things are. Understand what you need immediately or what would be first to pack. Make sure your pack is balanced and compressed.  protect your items, which should not get wet and try to keep everything on the inside of your pack.

10- Competence.

whatever are your best skills, get even better. Always read, study or find a mentor who teaches you which are the best practice in your field. Additionally, having a strong understanding of risk management and hazard evaluation will strengthen your leadership skills and help you to reduce injury and illness on your trips.

And why is all this important? Because of the only thing you want is to go explore and get back home feeling great and longing to go again. So is your responsibility to generate such experience. So be bold, be brave bu also be prepare. Be ready to take the responsibility for your group. And happy trekking.

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