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Expedition Leadership
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There are a lot of ways to learn about leadership—books, seminars, classes, degree programs—but how do you learn to be a leader? At NOLS, leadership isn’t just a concept to be studied and pondered; we give you the tools to be a leader. What you learn here are leadership skills and qualities you’ll carry with you the rest of your life.

NOLS Leadership Works for Life
The focus of leadership NOLS-style is on leading small groups in the wilderness, but the lessons transfer to your life when you participate in groups at school, in sports and at work.

What is an Expedition?
Setting goals, planning, efficiency and teamwork. Whether you're climbing Denali or embarking on a new business venture, these are the skills that will get you to the top. Planning, preparing, performing… it's a formula that applies not only to the wilderness, but to the expedition of life.

What is Expedition Leadership at NOLS?
Expedition leadership is situationally appropriate action that directs or guides your group to set and achieve goals. Great leaders create an environment that inspires individuals and groups to achieve their full potential.

 

Leadership Roles 4 Leadership Roles
There are four: Designated Leadership, Active Followership, Peer Leadership, Self Leadership
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Leadership Skills 7 Leadership Skills
There are seven: Expedition Behavior, Competence, Communication, Judgment & Decision-Making, Tolerance For Adversity & Uncertainty, Self-Awareness, Vision & Action
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Leadership Style 1 Leadership Style
The one signature style is the leadership style that works best for each individual. This style is based on tapping into the leader’s personality, learning preferences, passions, strengths and experiences.
Leadership Development Leadership in 30 Days
At NOLS we develop leadership by giving you the chance to do it.
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Leadership Profiles Leadership Profiles
People all over the world have taken their first steps as a leader at NOLS—from teachers to NASA astronauts, from business entrepreneurs to conservationists.
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Students practice real leadership at NOLS, especially skills like how to work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
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