Leadership Training


Unlike pie-in-the-sky lectures or motivational speeches, Adventure Associates provides down-to-earth and practical experiences that enable emerging and elite leaders to maximize your ability to inspire and lead others towards common goals. The hallmark benefits of our leadership development programs include:

  • Increased knowledge AND skills—especially grounded in collaboration and communication
  • Increased ability to derive wise decisions by leveraging diverse perspectives
  • Improved ability to apply various leadership styles appropriate to a range of situations
  • Improved observational and analytical skills (ability to see what’s needed)
  • Improved ability to lead in a personalized, authentic manner rather than following formulas
  • Renewed energy, excitement, and inspiration to improve
  • Increased self-awareness and confidence resulting from focused practice
  • Deepened relationships and authentic connections with colleagues

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Leadership Workshops

The skills, strategies and secrets of successful leaders.

The Leader’s Role in Stages of Team Development

Leadership is a combination of skills applied across diverse…

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Communication for Leaders

In most every workplace the most…

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Problem-solving for Leaders

Effective leaders often point to their mastery of creative problem-solving to explain their success, but the…

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Decision-making for Leaders

Nothing derails progress or creates more maddening logjams than an unmade, half-made…

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Effective Meetings for Leaders

Nothing is as discouraging or undermines organizations quite like a poorly run meeting…

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Storytelling is the time-tested method of engaging, compelling and persuading, and is linked to our earliest…

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Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

For a leader, it isn’t enough to be smart…

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Training Methodology

Rather than relying on PowerPoint presentations and lectures, expect highly experiential, elicitive approaches for instilling knowledge and developing skills. Through a series of custom-designed challenges, participants face increasingly difficult (yet enjoyable!) scenarios that call upon effective collaborative leadership skills in order to succeed. The facilitator(s) provide short presentations along the way, including revealing helpful models, tools, and tips. Most importantly, the facilitator(s) carefully guide participants through reflective pre and post-activity debrief discussions aimed at uncovering wisdom and strengths within the group. Such lessons are tracked and fed back in the form of a post-program report, followed by additional conversations about strategic follow-through. Key aspects of the methodology include:

  • Non-formulaic; every program is customized to the group
  • Inclusive and participatory activities conducive to full engagement
  • Practice activities and scenarios
  • Enjoyable and memorable experience
  • Tailored to abilities and interests of team/group
  • Deliberate sequencing of activities; skills developed incrementally
  • Optional multi-program series for ongoing development
  • Ongoing support, including optional leadership coaching

Blend with Team Building

Every Adventure Associates Leadership Workshop includes experiential (learn-by-doing) activities, regardless of duration. And, in order to fully understand, appreciate, and practice your leadership skills, the following team building modules provide an ideal opportunity for taking risks with your new skills in order to be ready for action back in the “real world.”

  • TPC – Small teams work through a series of activity stations; each takes 30-45 minutes, including a focused discussion about how to maximize individual involvement, plan effectively, and which leadership and participation roles work best.
  • GeoTrek – esp collaborative – GeoTrek, based on the recreational sport of geo-caching, blends adventure and technology into an exhilarating team building experience.
  • Storytelling – Storytelling is the time-tested method of engaging, compelling and persuading, and is linked to our earliest cultural traditions. It’s also an under-used business secret weapon, but we’re changing that.



We tailor our leadership workshops for many types of groups and purposes, including:

Group Type:

  • Leadership Team
  • Group of Leaders (open enrollment)
  • Project Teams
  • Geographically Dispersed Teams/Leaders
  • Virtual Teams


  • Crisis Management
  • Change Management
  • Professional Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership Incubator/Internal Recruitment (High-Potential Employees)
  • Leadership Retreats
  • Continual Improvement