“HELLO THE HOUSE!” (Proper greeting when approaching a cabin in the wilderness… this helps especially during the winter’s dark, to ensure you are not mistaken for a critter!)
It is Sunday and we are going to talk a little bit about Alaskan Leadership. To #bealeader, to be a Professional Alaska Guide, to be a parent to two young humans living in the wilds of Alaska; a good leader is someone who remembers all the lessons of the past but stays, always, in the right now.
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Leadership is the role each and every Professional Guide must embrace, learn and refine endlessly.
Leadership, as defined in the dictionary, is the activity of leading a group of people.
Guiding, as defined in the dictionary, is the activity of leading, directing or advising people.
As a Professional Alaska Guide and the Lead Trainer for the Survival & Guide Training program it is my job to communicate, motivate and provide the skills to take people into the raw and untouched wilderness of Alaska in one of the most remote areas, over some of the most challenging terrain, safely and successfully reaching the dream that brought them to us.
Leadership is not a title, it is not a license and rarely is it a characteristic that is born out of thin air. Most often, the Guide Trainees that aspire to become Big Game and Wilderness Guides have common characteristics similar to one another.
Integrity. Commitment. Loyalty. Creative. Adventurous. Respectful. Physically fit. Motivated.
These characteristics are part of the core values that to #bealeader, to be a Professional Guide, allow us to train (endlessly), learn (endlessly), prepare and react to whatever issue life throws our way. From a question about the legalities of hunting big game in the National Park to being able to lead a string of horses with inexperienced riders into the wilderness safely, having the knowledge and skills necessary is part of our lives, everyday.
To me, leadership has always meant being able to see, foresee and react without hesitation. The leader has a plan, a plan B and the leader is the one that takes away the thought of quitting or giving up. The leader is the one that knows what he or she is doing is the right thing, and shares that feeling and the results with all that follow.
The leader is the Grizzly’s roar when a wolf howls. The leader is the one that sees you are cold, tired or in pain and knows how to warm, refresh or relieve you. The leader is the one that steps forward when there is danger or worries and steps back as the dream unfolds.
After more than 20 years, I can stand (well, actually, I am sitting) in front of you and say that Pioneer Outfitters are leaders. Pioneer Outfitters represents (and lives every day) a way of life and living with thought and genuine caring for others that cannot be argued. It isn’t just a job, it matters. We have a part in making dreams come true. Could it matter more?
Join us, in Chisana for an Adventure of a lifetime. Do you have a dream of Alaska? Allow us to lead the way, at your side, ensuring your safety and sharing with you the memories that will last forever.