The cornerstone of any successful leader is building a network and developing trusting relationships. The ARCADIS Global Shapers team had prepared an exercise challenge course for us. The weather could not have been more perfect for the obstacle course either. The instructor Eric, really made a compelling effort to energize and enthuse the Global Shapers. At the start of the afternoon, a quick game of “rock, paper, scissors” decided who would be on each team. This ensured that the teams were no predetermined by already developed or formed relationships.
The first challenge course for my team “Tatiana’s Tigers” was the ropes course. This provided a great ice breaker between the individual team members of the groups. To describe this challenge, each member had to climb a rope course as the rest of their team belayed below. This required some initial trust in their team to not let them immediately fall.