Leadership Development

Why Surfing is a Great Vehicle to Teach Vulnerability and Leadership

Why Surfing is a Great Vehicle to Teach Vulnerability and Leadership


Vulnerability is a key to growth. We can only grow when we are willing to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and to push outside our comfort zones. This is a tough concept for successful people to embrace. Success tends to expand the comfort zone and makes people increasingly reluctant to exercise vulnerability.

2018 Servant Leadership Reflections

2018 Servant Leadership Reflections

2018 was a great year for business, but our proudest accomplishments were the people we were able to help. Servant leadership is an important component of the work that we do at both LeaderSurf and Groove Management.

Daily Rituals and Reflections

Daily Rituals and Reflections

Each day we learn new things, but most of what we learn escapes us because we must be more deliberate about capturing our learnings. At LeaderSurf we end each day with a session called sunset reflections which provides participants with an opportunity to practice mindfulness and share their learnings from the day while enjoying the sunset.

Casting a Positive Aura- Leadership Lessons From Aura Boulton

Casting a Positive Aura- Leadership Lessons From Aura Boulton

Aura Boulton is a positive force at LeaderSurf.  As a lead surf instructor her positive energy is very contagious and she brings out the best in the program participants.  We sat down with Aura to learn more about her and where she draws her positive energy from.

Back To Reality: Lessons Learned From A Week In Another World

Back To Reality:  Lessons Learned From A Week In Another World

Shifting perspectives changes one's reality.  A week in Nicaragua leading the LeaderSurf program changes me as a person, always for the better.  Lessons learned.

A Recipe For Leadership Development

A Recipe For Leadership Development

A recipe for leadership development done differently.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Servant Leadership
  • Mindfulness
  • Physical Activity
  • The Right Climate for Learning

The Power of Experiential Leadership Development

The Power of Experiential Leadership Development

Forget the classroom, experiential leadership development delivers the results your organization demands.  it takes courage to invest in a non-traditional approach to leadership development, but the reward is a progressive organization with ready now leaders.

Wave Rider- From the boardroom to the surfboard

Wave Rider- From the boardroom to the surfboard

American University Magazine featured this article about Brian Formato and the LeaderSurf program.  The article was written by NY Times Best Selling Author Michael Blanding and highlights the learnings associated with the LeaderSurf leadership development program.

LeaderSurf Participants Link Learning to Surf to Leadership

LeaderSurf Participants Link Learning to Surf to Leadership

The premise behind LeaderSurf is that learning a new physical skill like surfing requires the learner to push outside their comfort zone and into the learning zone.  We ask our participants to reflect on the program and the tie between learning to surf and leadership.  Here is what they had to say.