Item: How do leadership styles cope with the impact of human factors in decision making in risky terrain?
Title: How do leadership styles cope with the impact of human factors in decision making in risky terrain?
Proceedings: International Snow Science Workshop, Davos 2009, Proceedings
Authors: M. Förster1,* 1 EMBA-student ENPC Paris & Research Manager, Grenoble, France
Abstract: As people are a major source of risk and the least predictable, it seems important to look at the different ways how we can cope with this risk. Several scholars set up checklists and tools in order to better evaluate the physical risk of mountaineers, delivering a clear procedure to stick to and hence hope to limit casualties. The aim of this paper is to study whether there is another way to reduce risk in working directly with the people and their interactions. We all know different characters of mountain guides; distinguishable through their leadership styles. The core question of this paper is whether there are leadership styles, which may deal better with the human factors’ related risk. If yes, is it already taught somewhere? If no, can any training for these leadership styles be set up and adopted in the mountain guide business? At the end it must be said, that this paper is not giving any results yet, as the study just starts and the author would like to discuss possible orientations of the project with the numerous mountain professionals attending this workshop.
Keywords: leadership, human factors, risk, decision-making, training, gender
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