Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review - Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield

Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield

About the Book

This is the first book to describe in detail the principles of Outward Bound, told through the stories of former instructors and graduates who show how to apply them to create healthier, more effective teams, organizations, and communities.

For nearly six decades Outward Bound USA’s education programs have shaped the lives of tens of thousands of participants. Strangers are put in an unfamiliar and unpredictable setting, where to succeed they must develop a sense of teamwork, resilience, self-confidence, and a focus on the greater good. But, Mark Brown asks, isn’t the modern world just as unpredictable and challenging as any mountain or desert? He shows how the same principles that bind people together in the natural world work just as well in cities, companies, and communities.

This book explores the concept of Expeditionary Leadership through the stories of people such as third-generation business steward Laura Kohler, the Home Depot cofounder Arthur Blank, and former United States Senator Mark Udall, whose lives were touched by Outward Bound and who then went on to make a positive difference in the world. They show how each of us can, in our own way, use the Outward Bound philosophy to bravely face the wild unknowns in our daily lives.

From training the first Peace Corps volunteers to partnering with thousands of educational institutions and corporations, Outward Bound has helped build the self-confidence and character of participants who have gone on to live richer, more fulfilling, and successful lives. Outward Bound internationally operates in thirty-three countries and impacts nearly a quarter of a million people annually.

My Take on the Book
I know many people that have experiences outward bound and they have told me over and over about how transformative of an experience this was for them. This book really brings together the story of outward bound but throughout this you also experience many leadership principles as well. I love that this book encourages all of us to be a lifelong learner no matter what. I love the outward bound motto "To serve, to strive, and to yield" and while I never went through outward bound myself I found that the author does an amazing job at showing what leaders need to do to be successful.  The book has a ton of practical lessons that can be picked up and implemented no matter where you are. The book even gives you questions at the end of each chapter that will help you to be a stronger leader which was great! Anyone that wants to learn some solid leadership principles will leave reading this with great ideas for the future.

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