Building confidence of individuals and the group

  • Research, planning and preparation
  • Gertting started
  • Finding the way
  • Showing interest
  • Being an expert
  • Showing concern
  • Achieving objectives
  • Being brave and showing strength

In an unfamiliar or potentially dangerous environment, most people feel some degree of fear. This fear can be reduced or eliminated by a leader who demonstrates an ability to cope with the perceived risks. If a leader reveals a lack of confidence in his or her ability to cope with the risks, then lack of confidence, or possibly fear, can quickly spread through the group. The confidence of every member of a bushwalking group, including the leader, can be raised by careful attention to a few key matters. Most are very simple things, but they do require an investment of time, energy and effort.

In many social situations you face two fears—embarrassment and disgrace. Embarrassment may arise from being proven wrong or appearing foolish. Disgrace may result from the failure to perform to others’ expectations. Nervousness or lack of confidence are signs of these fears. In the outdoors, you face two additional fears dangers inherent in the environment, and the disgrace of causing, or failing to prevent a serious misadventure to a group member. All fears are natural and can be contained. Confidence will grow from feeling at ease in the activity, and from a sure knowledge that you are well prepared. This sort of confidence is contagious and self perpetuating.