February 12, 2021

From Unimportant to Integral: Lessons in Leadership From Dragon Boat Racing


After transferring from Montreal to Toronto when I was working as a Team Lead for one of the major Canadian banks, I decided to join the company’s dragon boat racing team.  If you’re not familiar with dragon boat racing, it’s a human powered watercraft activity that originates from China and can accommodate people from all walks of life, regardless of one’s fitness level, age, or size.  Anyway, my plan was to join the team to get to know some people around the office and have some fun in the process.  However, I quickly found out that the dragon boat team I would be on took their competitions very seriously.