Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Shackleton's Leadership Role April 27 2008

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In late 1999/ early 2000 White Mountain Films and NOVA/WGBH Boston co-produced Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, an IMAX film re-enacting Shackleton's legendary 1914-1916 Expedition to the South Pole. We loved the film when it came out, and have recently been looking again at the film's website.

One of the key sections for us is the part analysing Shackleton's leadership role.

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The website highlights the book, Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, in it, Dennis Perkins outlines 10 leadership strategies that can be learned from Sir Ernest Shackleton's leadership example.

They are:

1. Never lose sight of the ultimate goal, and focus energy on short-term objectives.

2. Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors.

3. Instill optimism and self-confidence, but stay grounded in reality.

4. Take care of yourself: Maintain your stamina and let go of guilt.

5. Reinforce the team message constantly: "We are one--we live or die together."

6. Minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and mutual respect.

7. Master conflict--deal with anger in small doses, engage dissidents, and avoid needless power struggles.

8. Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about.

9. Be willing to take the Big Risk.

10. Never give up--there's always another move.

In a fascinating interview Mr Perkins says that Exceptional leaders inspire a level of teamwork that can mean the difference between success and failure in the most demanding environments. We agree completely.

Click the following link Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure to find out more about the film and to learn more about Shackleton's leadership role.

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