Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition
American Enterprise Institute Press
On Sale: May 1, 2000
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help
Part adventure story, part leadership guide, this intriguing
book examines Shackletons legendary Antarctic expedition
through the lens of business to reveal a set of powerful
strategies for corporate leaders. In the chronicles of
extraordinary adventures and against the-odds survival,
nothing compares to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and
his team of Antarctic explorers. Stranded in the frozen sea
for nearly two years, they endured extreme temperatures,
hazardous ice, dwindling food, complete isolation, and
Yet, despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the
group remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive a
fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled
feat in leadership.
Now, for the first time ever, LEADING AT THE EDGE draws on
this amazing story to reveal the power of effective
organizational leadership under conditions of uncertainty,
ambiguity, and rapid change. The book uncovers 10 lessons
complete with stirring examples from the Shackleton
expedition, as well as contemporary business case studies of
the strategies in action on what it takes to be a great
leader. Readers learn how to:
*Set a personal example with vivid symbols and behaviors
*Instill optimism while staying grounded in reality
*Reinforce the team message constantly *Find something to
celebrate and something to laugh about *Have the courage to
take big risks, and more.
For managers and executives who feel stressed out or
stretched thin, these memorable strategies will help bring
order to chaos and success in the face of the most daunting
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