Astronaut Chris Hadfield who is also the former ISS Commander analyses the skills that are required while expanding into space. Being the first astronaut from Canada to get to the International Space Station, Hadfield has done a great deal of thought regarding what are requirements for the humans to have a long term survival in the space. Russia, China, NASA and SpaceX of Elon Musk are discussing the sending astronauts to the Red Planet in 2030. Moreover, it would be the 150th anniversary of Canada and hence, is a good time to get the matters sorted as in where actually we are standing, we have a curiosity for how Canada can contribute to the future of humanity in space.
Motherboard: What skills should a leader require for the management of astronauts at the space settlement that is meant for the future?
Chris Hadfield responds “From the point of view of pure leadership, I think you require technical competence above all. You cannot expect to get any help from any other individual. You can expect to get advice but it is always not the same. The second most important requirement is that under the broad range of interpersonal skills you need to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your group members and the group as a whole. You need to remember that you are managing them and you need to help them irrespective of the kind of the issue or problem that occurs while you all are in the space. You also need to have a great deal of patience, as it is a mission which is definitely going to take a long time and it will definitely not go as planned as you will be in a very unpredictable space.”