In July 2018, just two days after her 25th birthday Nikki Henderson became the youngest skipper ever to complete an around the world race when she finished second in the 2017/18 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. According to Nikki, good leadership is not about barking orders, it’s about fostering an atmosphere of shared responsibility and finding out what really motivates the individuals on your team. The more you seek to understand your crew, the more respect you are likely to earn from them. Once you have that respect, you can inspire your team to create and buy into a shared vision of success. There were plenty of moments in the Clipper Race when she experienced the loneliness of the long-distance skipper, the burden of feeling like you always need to be ready with the right answer for any given situation. But Nikki also learned a lot about herself and the application of good leadership during that gruelling circumnavigation.
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