It began with a crew of five guys, each leaders in their own right, chartering, provisioning and navigating a sailboat for a week in the British Virgin Islands. Five years later, after four charters and three land destinations with spouses, the crew has grown to at least twelve. And it is now more than a group of sailing buddies, although some of the crew have continued an annual winter seafaring voyage in the Caribbean.
Crewinghas become a means to an end, a metaphor of sorts for an opportunity to join with mates on land as well as at sea. On three occasions the crew has included ten couples at land-based locations for conversation about life and leadership, with no agenda or pre-determined activities. Whether on land or sea we listen and learn from one another, explore, question, and reflect on our life experiences and leadership responsibilities. The conversations often center on current events, leadership challenges and, at times, personal concerns.
Recently we have considered taking Leading To Serveas our group identity. LTSwas started to advance the practice of leadership as service for the common good. The crew is committed to the notion that effective and ethical leadership is about serving in partnership with followers for causes intended to change the world for the better.
With Leading To Servethe crew will engage in and sponsor ‘action learning’ experiences at sea and land-based gatherings as well as mentoring and coaching. Going forward LTSmay offer additional activities through the initiatives of its crewmembers.
A Leading To Servewebsite is under construction to serve as an online brochure for the LTSmission and activities. The website will include brief bios of crewmembers who wish to help plan and facilitate future activities. For now the leadingtoserve.com is linked to tomnees.com.
As we say in the boating community – “Welcome Aboard!”