Episode 4: Dennis Perkins, Leading At The Edge: Leadership Lessons of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

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Matthew summarizes Leading At The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition by Dennis Perkins.

This book is the first story written about Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic Expedition through the lens of business.

The author Dennis Perkins reveals 10 Lessons on what it takes to be a great leader as learned from Ernest Shackleton.

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The story of Ernest Schakleton’s voyage is legendary as a leadership case study.

The author Dennis Perkins reveals 10 Lessons on what it takes to be a great leader as learned from Ernest Shackleton.

  1. Leadership Strategy #1 Never lose sight of the ultimate goal and focus your energy on short-term objectives.
  2. Leadership Strategy #2 The power of personal example and symbolism.
  3. Leadership Strategy #3  Instill optimism & self-confidence, but stay grounded in reality.
  4. Leadership Strategy #4 Take care of yourself and let go of guilt.
  5. Leadership Strategy #5 Establish a shared identity.
  6. Leadership Strategy #6 Minimize status differences and insist on mutual respect.
  7. Leadership Strategy #7 Master conflict and avoid needless power struggles.
  8. Leadership Strategy #8 Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about.
  9. Leadership Strategy #9 Be willing to risk.
  10. Leadership Strategy #10 Never give-up and reward creativity.