I see Natural Leadership as a pattern of transparent and ethical leader behaviour that encourages openness in sharing information needed to make decisions while listening to and accepting followers’ inputs. It is based on more stable self-concepts and identities stored in the individual’s long-term memory. Certain trigger events can activate the leader’s working self-concept. These trigger moments can occur naturally as the leader interacts with others during leadership episodes or they can be induced through formal training exercises and self-reflection. The primordial essence of our wilderness trails constitutes such a trigger moment.
Natural Leadership is the basis for the emergence of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. It builds the transition from ego-system awareness to eco-system awareness. “Eco” found in both economy and ecology, means household or family (‘oikos’) in ancient Greek, the basic unit of organised life.