I honestly didn't understand a single word of what Jim's thread was about, at least in terms of the main title. So I started my own to avoid confusion.Jim wrote:If I'd had a group seeking my leadership, rather than just myself, was that I trip I could have done with them
Jim's used the (rather charged) phrase 'seeking my leadership'...which opens up a debate as to what leadership actually is, in sea kayaking terms at least.
Is sea kayaking leadership is a largely redundant concept, at least in terms of the classic image of a leader and subservient followers?
If a group needs to 'seek' someone's leadership to be able to complete a trip, then they most probably shouldn't be doing it and the so-called 'leader' shouldn't be taking them? When we are talking about a group leader telling paddlers what to do and how to complete the trip, then surely we are describing a coaching situation, something very different?
How does the concept of 'leadership' relate to the group dynamics of sea kayaking with your peers (meaning = a bunch of similarly/ appropriately experienced and able paddlers)? Perhaps in this scenario, every now and then one person (or sometimes, any member of the group) makes a decision which the group are expected to go along with, in order to ensure the trip's success?
This is an area worth discussing...I have tended to find the group dynamics of sea kayaking with my peers bit peculiar, coming from a whitewater background.