The Leadership Of Success
This chapter is heavily focused on the importance of Leadership, and building a well-rounded team around the leader of the team and rewarding success. Greg encourages the reader to construct an elevator pitch which can be used to recruit suitable potential team members. Greg also discusses the necessity to schedule multi-disciplinary team meetings to keep the team coordinated and focussed on the challenge.
There are 2 challenge examples used to support the ideology behind this chapter, one example is Helen Skelton’s 2012 Polar Trek, where using a combination of walking, skiing, kite-surfing and cycling Helen managed to get to the south pole. The other example is the 2010 Comic Relief £1million cycle, a 1000 mile cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End. This challenge was completed by the team of Davina McCall, David Walliams, Patrick Kielty, Fearne Cotton, Russel Howard, Miranda Hart and Jimmy Carr.
The Helen Skelton example is used to perfectly highlight the fact that conflict can occur in teams but through the use of effective communication and leadership: conflict can be overcome. The Comic Relief £1million cycle example highlights the delegation of different roles to individual team members to fully utilise individual strengths or avoid the weaknesses of certain members. It also describes different methods used by Greg and the team to ensure motivation was kept high throughout the challenge.
Watch the videos below to see how Helen, The Comic Relief Team and Greg all got on in their challenges: