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Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorerby Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell
Morrell and Capparell do a wonderful job of articulating Shackleton's leadership successes in everyday terms that will resonate with decision-makers in all varieties of business. Lessons in team-building and performance management are evident throughout the great explorer's career. The remarkable story of Endurance's shipwreck and subsequent rescue is ripe with lessons about operating through crisis.
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Whatand#8217;s the common bond shared by leaders as diverse as Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rachel Carson and Frederick Douglass? Each succeeded in the face of overwhelming odds. And they did so while battling self-doubt, personal tragedy and fear of failure. In short, they were far from what we think of when we imagine confident, strong-willed leaders. Yet each offers powerful lessons in what it takes to triumph in crisis.
Expanding on her series of popular profiles written for The New York Times, historian and Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn examines the journeys of these fascinating leaders through in-depth, personal portraits. She reveals the many ways they made tough choices that allowed them to persevere and ultimately succeed.and#160; And she provides a new framework for leadership and#151;one that values conviction, humility, resilience and the ability to adapt above all else.
"Relying on crew diaries, historical accounts, and interviews with current business leaders, they capture the magnitude of Shackleton's feat while highlighting the skills and qualities a leader must possess. Documentary photographs enhance the authors' narrative." David Rouse, Booklist
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Another look at the Shackleton Antarctic expedition, this time with an eye for managerial and leadership techniques which might be gleaned from a man once called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth". Two members of the business community show how his example can teach today's business leaders how to manage a team, how to get the best from each individual, how to keep a staff mentally challenged amid routine work, how to lead by example, and, of course, how to handle a crisis. Illustrated with photographs from the expedition.
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This is just the Preface to Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer by Andrea Shackleton.
Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none" for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. Today the public can't get enough of this once-forgotten explorer, and his actions have made him a model for great leadership and masterful crisis management. Now, through anecdotes, the diaries of the men in his crew, and Shackleton's own writing, Shackleton's leadership style and time-honored principles are translated for the modern business world. Written by two veteran business observers and illustrated with ship photographer Frank Hurley's masterpieces and other rarely seen photos, this practical book helps today's leaders follow Shackleton's triumphant example.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-226) and index.
About the Author
NANCY F. KOEHN is a historian at the Harvard Business School, where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Specializing in entrepreneurial leadership, she consults with many businesses and writes frequently for The New York Times and The Washington Post.
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