WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON?
In the opinion of his team, he was “the greatest leader who ever came on God’s earth, bar none.”
Shackleton led his team of 27 - successfully - through two years of grueling hardship in Antarctica. They lived through months of isolation in twenty-four hours of darkness. They dealt with dwindling food supplies. Stranded on an ice-floe hundreds of miles from land, they watched their ship sink to the bottom of the sea. They had no hope of rescue. Against all odds, everyone got home alive.
How often do you find a group cut off from the rest of the world for almost two years?
What are the chances that the crew takes notes on their leader’s strategies while undergoing their ordeal?
Thanks to Shackleton’s leadership, this group actually had a pretty good time. The captain of Endurance wrote in his diary of Shackleton, “No matter what turns up, he is always ready to alter his plans and make fresh ones, and in the meantime laughs, jokes, and enjoys a joke with anyone, and in this way keeps everyone’s spirits up.”