CHAPTER SIX

To Strive through Uncertainty

I don’t want to be the guy who has the answer. I want to be a part of the systems of solution building, collaborative learning, team wisdom, and how we set up the conditions for those to happen.

—Peter Bailey, Prouty Project

You might imagine the leader of wilderness expeditions as an expert who drills his people with push-ups and lectures them about the right way to do things, but with Expeditionary Leaders, nothing could be further from the truth. In an Outward Bound expedition, the leader has as much to learn as the students.

Don’t get me wrong. Outward Bound doesn’t believe in departing on an expedition without thorough training and planning for the leader as well as for the team. But this training ...

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