I recently read the book “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing. While the story of the adventure itself is fascinating and highly recommended, the book is also filled with leadership lessons.
Here is a link to a great presentation by Dr. Michael Harris (Value-Based Leadership) that discusses leadership in general, and then focuses on the Leadership attributes displayed by Shackleton, as an illustrative example (along with brief background on the journey itself). The author of the presentation argues, and rightfully so, that the keys to Shackleton’s success relied on six key elements:
1) Planning and Calculated Risk
2) Team Building
3) Conflict Resolution
5) Flexibility and Agility
6) Leading by Example through Values, Courage and Optimism
These attributes were as much applicable then, during this epic adventure, as they are now for any current or aspiring leader.
What sets this book apart is that the lessons are left to the readers to extract and interpret, while captured in a thrilling story.