Leadership lessons are everywhere. Recently, I was fortunate to spend time in Nicaragua. I highly recommend this country. Everything about Nicaragua warms the heart: the weather, the people, the rum. We visited an up-and-coming beach town called San Juan del Sur. It is about a two hour drive from the capital’s airport in Managua. San Juan del Sur is surrounded by muchas playas, or many beaches: each unique, each beautiful, and most importantly, each with their own fish taco stand!
One day, our group decided to take a surf lesson. The energetic and supportive instructors gave us three recommendations to consider throughout the day while we were in the water. At the time, these tidbits were simply safety measures. After the adventure was over, our group chatted about these three guidelines and decided they were some serious words to live by…especially when it came to leading a team or organization. Here they are, along with a few of my personal thoughts.
1. When entering the water, shuffle your feet instead of stepping through the water to avoid stingrays.
2. If you fall off your board, then immediately cover your head to protect it from the board.
3. Always keep a point of reference of where you entered the water so that you can always see it from shore.