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Chris Warner certainly is not the first mountain climber to chronicle harrowing journeys and near-death experiences scaling the high peaks of the Himalayas. What makes Warner unique is his ability to extract critical lessons from his adventures and shape them to be relevant for business leaders at sea level. Warner and Don Schmincke have produced a fascinating book that pinpoints the qualities managers need to not just survive, but thrive. Bravery, teamwork and decisiveness, they say, are just as important in the conference room as on the Khumbu Ice Fall of Mt. Everest. getAbstract recommends the authors’ sage advice. You’ll find yourself on solid footing as you negotiate the higher elevations of leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “high altitude leaders” succeed despite extraordinary challenges;
  • What eight dangers leaders and managers must overcome; and
  • Why high altitude leadership requires leaving your comfort zone.

About the Authors

Chris Warner is an educator and entrepreneur who has led more than 150 international mountaineering expeditions. Don Schmincke is a management consultant and founder of the SAGA Leadership Institute.



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