Ocean rower, world record holder, and OB Professional Course facilitator Kathy Tracey gives us her thoughts on what it takes to be an epic leader.
Kathy is a practising Systemic Team Coach who has worked extensively with senior leaders and leadership teams from a vast range of organisations across the globe.
Kathy owned and operated an award winning UK Leadership Development company for 17 years before returning home to Wellington to be closer to family, and to work with us here at Outward Bound. Kathy will help deliver our Outward Bound Professional courses, alongside our expert instructors.
She has battled her own self doubts and disabling beliefs to achieve some of her own business and personal goals, and is therefore well placed to work alongside participants as they build in confidence and competence.
Kathy loves the outdoors and the sea and also holds a Guinness World Record for being part of the first women fours crew to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean.
A leader therefore requires 3 core elements for success: Acumen; Bravery and Discipline. I call this the ABD to Victory. Acumen covers self knowledge and emotional intelligence as well as subject and technical knowledge. Bravery is the willingness to go outside your comfort zone, to stand with not knowing and being able to make mistakes and bounce back showing resilience and tenacity. Discipline is putting your shoulder to the flywheel, getting things moving by working hard and smart.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams