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Top Lessons in Leadership from Adventure Racing

When we have the label of “leader”, we often assume that to mean that we need to get out in front and show people the way. That may be true sometimes. But great leaders allow for leadership among team members based on their strengths and not their titles. They “manage” the team, but allow for different leaders to emerge.

World class leaders are focused on helping their team members inspire and amaze themSELVES – understanding that confidence and inspiration are an inside job. Robyn Benincasa, the World Champion Adventure Racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete and New York Times bestselling author says, “We don’t achieve our greatest heights as leaders by stepping on our teammates’ backs to rise higher – we stand much taller as leaders when we put our teammates on our shoulders. And we don’t inspire our teammates by leading the pack and showing them how wonderful WE are. We inspire them by putting them on our shoulders and showing them how amazing, smart, and capable THEY are.”

A great leader deeply understands multiple different leadership styles and when to use them. When it’s business as usual, a team sometimes needs a visionary, a coach, a friend, or to feel like they’re part of the decision making. In times of great challenge or change the team often needs a strong pacesetter to get out front and show them the way or simply tell them exactly what to do and when (…to be utilized sparingly!). Bottom line: leadership styles should be utilized and interchanged similar to the way a golfer chooses his clubs. If we continually assess conditions, the lay of the land and choose just the right club for the job, we increase our chances of long term, consistent success from our team!

It’s poetic and powerful to watch a great leader step up to the plate and become exactly whom their teammates need at the moment. The best teambuilders know their teammates well, and are constantly listening for, assessing, and striving to deeply understand the needs of each individual and the team as a whole, so that they may maximize potential and outcomes.

Leadership styles should be utilized and interchanged….

8 Incredible Benefits of Building World Class Teams

Robyn Benincasa, one of the highest rated female athlete speakers, and her adventure racing teams have learned about building world class teams the hard way – by competing in and winning the world’s toughest ultra-endurance adventure races. She shares her lessons on ‘Building World Class Teams’ with Fortune 500 companies to bring out the world class team builder, leader and peak performer in their employees.

Read on to discover about the incredible benefits you get as a leader and as an organization when you build world class teams.

  • Embracing times of great challenge and change as a springboard to future success.
  • Inspiring total commitment to extremely challenging goals.
  • Valuing and respecting the diversity in background, expertise, skills, and culture that each member brings to the team.
  • Connecting deeply to others as a means to take your success to the next level–even when team members operate on a “virtual team” or have individual goals.
  • Taking calculated risks: Teams that are creative and willing to take risks are the most successful in the long run.
  • Ensuring that all team members realize and embrace the fact that they are also leaders in their areas of strength and expertise, regardless of tenure or titles.
  • Creating leaders that value Teambuilding as one of their most important skill sets in their quest for world class results.

To book Robyn for a Keynote or Teambuilding Event, call 1-805-965-1400 or write to