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Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming

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Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming

By Simon Priest and Michael A. Gass
Hard Cover, 344 pages, © 2005

This book introduces group dynamics theory and current research as it applies to recreation and leisure settings. It presents the key concepts and terms, a brief history of the field and the various theories and models of group development.

Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming will help students to:

  • understand the key elements of effective leadership in both theory and practice,
  • learn important leadership skills through real-world applications, and
  • explore new trends in adventure programming.

Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming, explains how the key elements of leadership work in theory and practice, and it helps train the next generation of adventure leaders—training that is paramount to developing the field.

Through this text, readers will enhance their understanding of this rapidly growing profession. Renowned authors Simon Priest and Michael Gass provide in-depth descriptions and real-world applications of the technical, organizational, instructional, and facilitative skills that are essential to adventure leadership. The authors also identify what they call the metaskills that superior leaders use to combine the other essential skills seamlessly and effectively.

The authors provide fully updated content and references, including new information on legal liability, risk management skills, and future research trends in adventure programming. They also do the following:

  • Examine the historical and philosophical foundations of adventure programming
  • Provide safety and environmental guidelines that leaders should follow
  • Describe the organizational, instructional, and facilitation skills that outdoor adventure leaders should possess
  • Identify the importance of flexible leadership style, problem-solving and decision-making skills, experience-based judgment, effective communication, and ethical behaviors

The first edition of this book set new levels of excellence in leadership in adventure programming. The second edition preserves the comprehensive and classic nature of the original while raising the standard for the field in the 21st century. The authors’ skillful approach to integrating all aspects of effective outdoor adventure leadership makes this book an ideal text for adventure leadership and programming courses and an outstanding reference for practicing professionals.


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