Leadership at The Edge: The Shackleton Saga

October 20, 2009

In December 1914, legendary Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed aboard a wooden vessel to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. Forty-five days after their departure, disaster struck. Facing unimaginable challenges with astonishing good cheer, Shackleton and his crew returned, without loss of life, after 634 days in the Frozen South. How did Shackleton inspire his crew to such extraordinary levels of courage, unity, and commitment? Dennis Perkins’ “Leadership at The Edge” presentation answers that question, and explains how Shackleton’s leadership approach can be applied to any leadership crisis or challenge students might face throughout their career.

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