Outdoor Experiences Help Develop 21st Century Leadership Skills in Girls
It turns out that girls who spend time outdoors regularly surpass their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, readily seek more challenges and are better problem-solvers – all critical leadership skills – says a new study.
Regular outdoor (as little as once a month) interaction can have an impact. In fact, spending time in nature (even just walking in the park) has been shown to improve concentration and creative reasoning among children and adults. Nature can be new and challenging. Learning to handle new situations through a sense of discovery and curiosity help develop leadership skills. Additionally, Learning to be self-aware and to work as a team to problem-solve in outdoor settings (e.g., rafting) help facilitate these important leadership and confidence skills our girls need.