Empowering group members

The group members will gain the greatest satisfaction and enjoyment from a trip if they feel that they themselves overcame the obstacles and made the discoveries (with just a little help from the leader!). Let them discover these things for themselves but make it easy for them to do so. Demonstrate that you have confidence in their common sense and ability to take care of themselves. In some situations you will need to exercise careful judgement to decide the degree of warning or active protection which may be appropriate when the group faces more significant hazards. As Lao Tzu, the famous 6th Century BC Chinese philosopher, said:

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him.

Fail to honour people, they fail to honour you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say, ‘We did this ourselves’ ~ Lao Tzu