Building a Boat

Recently, I went to a leadership school. One of the requirements to go was reading the book The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

My first impression of the book was that it was horribly organized. I hated it. But the more in depth we went into the book, the more I started to like it.

The book is about the 1936 Olympic rowing team from Washington University. The story mainly follows Joe Rantz, a member of the rowing team who had a terrible childhood and experienced difficulties becoming a member of the team. While the book mainly focuses on the sports aspect of it, there are some important leadership messages within it as well.

The leaders in the book show great teamwork, skilled knowledge, and are overall good coaches, but Joe’s difficulties with trusting his teammates is definitely the biggest takeaway of the book.

The message received from this book is that to be a member of a team, you don’t only have to do your part but know that the rest of your team will do theirs as well. To be an efficient leader doesn’t mean doing everything by yourself, but doing your part and trusting your team.

This is a short post, but I felt like this was an important point and, as hard of a book it was to read, I would recommend it if your involved in any team.

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