Families that own foundations, businesses and
offices often have unique leadership challenges,
such as raising healthy children interested in the
family enterprise, leadership succession, and multi-generation
Training now offers custom leadership
courses for these families, emphasizing wilderness
values and practical leadership and teamwork. With
extensive advice from family advisors and NOLS alumni,
we have designed courses that address the unique
needs of these families. In addition to the NOLS
leadership curriculum, discussions center on topics
important to the family, such as mission and goal
development, family communications and leadership
“Having a week’s time with my cousins
in an isolated environment created a great opportunity
to further bond with them, to learn leadership skills,
and to have fun,” says Stephanie Newell, who
participated in a customized NOLS course with the
Gates Capital Management Family. “My expectations
were exceeded. I liked the canoeing because it was
much more about teamwork. Between paddling, navigating,
setting up camp, and cooking, you had to work together,
which was a great positive learning experience.”
NOLS Professional Training now offers these leadership
programs to your specific family or family enterprise.
Call us at 307-335-2220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for
What Are NOLS Custom Leadership Courses?
NOLS Professional Training takes the best of NOLS
and customizes it for your organization or team.
Expect a personalized approach. We listen to your
needs, talk with you about how to best organize your
program, and deliver a product that exceeds expectations.
All of our courses focus on helping your organization
or team reach its ultimate potential. Whether your
team is newly formed or already functioning well,
we help you take your performance to a higher level.
Our leadership curriculum includes seven skills:
vision and action; communication; expedition behavior
(teamwork); judgment and decision-making; tolerance
for adversity and uncertainty; competence; and self-awareness.
It focuses on four leadership roles: designated;
self; peer; and active followership.
These courses create the same challenges faced by
organizations anywhere: planning, making expedient
decisions, balancing task achievement with group
development, combining distinct individuals to form
a cohesive team, working through unforeseen hurdles,
and blending vision with action.
Seven-Day and Fourteen-Day Leadership Expeditions
We teach leadership on a multi-day wilderness expedition.
Unlike many guided travel adventure programs, our
expeditions focus on you learning and practicing
your own travel and camping skills and environmental
studies as part of leadership training. These expeditions
include our most complete leadership curriculum,
using the same model with which we train space station
astronauts and shuttle crews.
The wilderness is a perfect venue for highlighting
team and individual strengths and learning to compensate
for shortcomings. Being in beautiful, remote wilderness
allows you to discuss your unique challenges in a
setting away from the distractions of everyday life.
Participants rotate serving as designated leaders
for each day, while others learn active followership
to help make the optimal team. Time is prioritized
for individual and group reflection about effective
Two-Day Leadership Training
At a remote lodge or base-camp, we teach a two-day
leadership course for your organization or team.
The first day and a half is a fast-paced, interactive
training in advance communication and leadership
skills. This is taught inside or outside depending
on the group and location. The last half-day component
is a condensed expedition outdoors, using GPS (Global
Positioning System) based outdoor orienteering, which
mimics the challenges teams face anywhere and reinforces
the earlier leadership training.
On all of these courses, NOLS faculty facilitate
discussions on how to transfer leadership lessons
home to your, organization or team. Sample topics
include optimizing leadership and team performance,
mission, vision and goals, developing, prioritizing,
One to two months following the training, clients
have the option to have our faculty travel to your
organization for a half-day follow-up meeting, to
further facilitate transference of learned leadership
skills to your team.
For more information about these leadership programs,
call NOLS Professional Training at 307-335-2220 or