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Leading At The Edge : 2nd Edition : Leadership Lessons From The Extraordinary Saga Of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition - Dennis Perkins

Leading At The Edge : 2nd Edition

Leadership Lessons From The Extraordinary Saga Of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

Paperback Published: 28th March 2012
ISBN: 9780814431948
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 18+ years old

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For the 100th anniversary of the Race to the South Pole, a fresh look at what Shackleton's legendary Antarctic adventure can teach us about true leadership. Stranded in the frozen Antarctic sea for nearly two years, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 polar explorers endured extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, and complete isolation.

Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the group remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive-a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership. Drawing on this amazing story, Leading at The Edge demonstrates the importance of a strong leader in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change.

The book reveals 10 timeless leadership lessons that show readers how to:

  • Instill optimism while staying grounded in reality.
  • Have the courage to step up to risks worth taking.
  • Consistently reinforce the team message.
  • Set a personal example.
  • Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about.
  • Never give up Part adventure tale, part leadership guide, the second edition features additional lessons, new case studies of the strategies in action, tools to uncover and resolve conflicts, and expanded resources.
An updated epilogue compares the leadership styles of the famous polar explorers Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott. Today's leaders have much to learn from this gripping account of survival against all odds. Leading at The Edge will help them bring order to chaos-and achieve success in the face of adversity.

Industry Reviews

"After having read a dozen or two leadership books over the past decade, this book stands out...The author does an exceptional job..." - Suite101

..".interpretation of Shackleton's strategies is relatable to today's leaders showing that leadership skills transcend time." - Yahoo Voices

"The lessons are powerful, the real world examples revealing and the book worthy of much discussion and thought." - Hike Bike and Travel

..". tells the story of survival, and along the way points out how Shackleton's leadership made a difference.This is what makes this book such a compelling read." - Mindconnection

..".succeeds in crafting a true leadership guide for the 21st century." - Risk Mangement magazine

"The lessons are not just about leadership, but about life, persistence and the extraordinary resilience." - A Slice of Leadership

..".book will change the way you think about and approach leadership in a crisis situation..." - Blog Business World

..". there are many leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton's amazing adventure."- ABA Banking Journal

Highly recommended reading for everyone


I use this product in my leadership program. I always have 5 or 6 copies on hand to give out. It's easier to cart around in softcover but hardcover is a lovely gift.

Sydney, NSW


Leading At The Edge : 2nd Edition

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Acknowledgments for the Second Editionp. ix
Acknowledgments for the First Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
The Shackleton Sagap. 1
Ten Strategies for Leading at The Edge
Vision and Quick Victories
Never lose sight of the ultimate goal, and focus energy on short-term objectives.p. 17
Symbolism and Personal Example
Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors.p. 32
Optimism and Reality
Instill optimism and self-confidence, but stay grounded in reality.p. 46
Take care of yourself: Maintain your stamina and let go of guilt.p. 64
The Team Message
Reinforce the team message constantly: "We are oneùwe live or die together."p. 79
Core Team Values
Minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and mutual respect.p. 96
Master conflictùdeal with anger in small doses, engage dissidents, and avoid needless power struggles.p. 110
Lighten Up!
Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about.p. 127
Be willing to take the Big Riskp. 140
Tenacious Creativity
Never give upùthere's always another move.p. 155
Continuing Your Expedition
Learning to Lead at The Edgep. 175
Epilogue: What Makes an Exceptional Leader?p. 189
Tools for Leading at The Edge
Expedition Toolkitp. 203
Critical Leadership Skills Surveyp. 205
Your Leadership Expedition: A Personal Development Planp. 212
Your Leadership Expedition Mapp. 216
Identifying Hidden Conflicts: Conducting a Moose Round-Upp. 217
Resolving Conflicts: Lessons from the Martial Artsp. 221
Further Readings from The Edgep. 227
Notesp. 233
Indexp. 247
Acknowledgments for Previously Published Materialsp. 255
Opening pages of Into the Stormp. 257
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ISBN: 9780814431948
ISBN-10: 0814431941
Series: Agency/Distributed
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th March 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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