Ideas instead of Hierarchies

During a coaching session with Matt Mason, the expedition Leader of Ocean Revival Adventures, an experienced group of endurance athletes attempting the worlds most dangerous and arduous ocean row, I asked Matt how he intends to approach his responsibilities as the expedition leader.

Matt tells me that each crew member is a strong leader in their own right and could equally be capable of leading the expedition. Further, Matt explains that some crew members have experience of rowing oceans, and I don’t; it’s, therefore, essential that I harness as much of this experience as possible.

I asked Matt to describe the type of leadership style he will adopt; Matt tells me that he intends to lead by consensus and give the entire crew input into the decision making.

This style reminded me of a Steve Jobs interview I watched on youtube; Steve Jobs said: “If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions, and you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchies. The best ideas have to win. Otherwise, good people don’t stay.”

Granted, if one of the crew wanted to “bailout” mid-Atlantic, it would be an extreme option, but you never know. So, I think Matt’s approach is a smart one, and under his Leadership, things are set to work out just fine.

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