I am lucky enough to be working with a creative team of folks from our parks in Ontario right now. We’re designing a course that will help foster leadership skills and abilities in staff throughout the province. I say “we” because it is very much a team effort, with the GAEL team working side by side with very committed government folks who care deeply about effective leadership development throughout their organization.
We’re posing questions such as:
- What makes a good leader?
- What kinds of situations require different types of leaders?
- What is an effective leadership style for use in a parks agency?
We’re looking at ways to model and augment leadership skills, explore an individual’s motivation to lead, and how best to develop these leadership qualities in an organization.
Of course, since the course will be delivered in northern Ontario in March, we’re also asking questions such as:
- Will I still need my snow tires on?
- Do we need a generator, just in case?
- How many snow machines will it actually take to get us all to the dining hall?
And because it’s a parks course, we’re also asking:
- Who will bring a guitar?
- Where can we have our campfire?
- S’mores or just marshmallows?
John F. Kennedy said that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. My parks colleagues are leading in their own way by designing a course to help their peers learn to lead. We’re honoured to be working with them.