Sub-Zero Leadership


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Key leadership lessons that work from Sir Ernest Shackelton & his team on their Endurance mission.

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Sub-Zero Leadership

  1. 1. Sub Zero Leadership- Sir Ernest Shackleton
  2. 2. Be Realistic. Dream!After the conquest of the South Pole by Amundsen who, by anarrow margin of days only, was in advance of the BritishExpedition under Scott, there remained but one great main objectof Antarctic journeying – the crossing of the South Polar continentfrom sea to sea‖.Ernest Shackleton
  3. 3. Be Realistic. Dream!
  4. 4. Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1912)
  5. 5. 5000 applied for the job…
  6. 6. The Endurance was a three-masted sailing ship designed for Arcticexplorations and built on behalf of Norwegian Ship owners whowanted to allocate cruises in the Arctic Sea, but due to financialproblems, was sold two years after the launch, in 1914, to theexplorer Shackleton British, Anglo Irish.
  7. 7. There are no impossible dreams, just our limitedperception of what is possible.
  8. 8. You can’t do it alone…Hire crazies.
  9. 9. 1 American, 1 Australian, 17 English, 3 Irish, 1 NewZealander, 4 Scottish, 1 Welsh
  10. 10. And 28 Sled dogs…
  11. 11. "The ice is rafting up to a height of 10 or 15 ft. in places, theopposing floes are moving against one another at the rate of about200 yds. per hour. The noise resembles the roar of heavy, distantsurf. Standing on the stirring ice one can imagine it is disturbed bythe breathing and tossing of a mighty giant below"Shackleton
  12. 12. We can not control the wind, but…
  13. 13. we can adjust the sails!
  14. 14. “Courage is the first of human qualitiesbecause it is the quality which guarantees theothers.”Aristotle
  15. 15. A Leader Must Be Supremely Resilient
  16. 16. Shackleton‘s spirits were wonderfully irrepressible considering theheartbreaking reverses he has had to put up with &the frustrationof all his hopes for this year at least. One would think he hadnever a care on his mind & he is the life & soul of half theskylarking and fooling in the ship.Frank Arthur Worsley
  17. 17. Credibility is the foundation of leadershipNevertheless, his men looked towards "the Boss" as they called him. This collectionof Royal Naval sailors, rough and ready trawler hands and recent CambridgeUniversity graduates amongst others were now dependent on the man who had ledthem to this place and this very unfortunate predicament.
  18. 18. ―It looks as though we shan‘t cross the Antarctic Continent afterall.‖ He paused, and then squaring his shoulders, added cheerfully,‗It‘s a pity, but that cannot be helped. It is the men that we haveto think about.‖
  19. 19. “It would be, I considered, so much better for the men to feel thatthey were progressing—even if the progress was slow—towardsland and safety, than simply to sit down and wait for the tardynorth-westerly drift to take us from the cruel waste of ice.‖The Progress Principle: Reenergize & Revitalizecreative productivity
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