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This compelling volume accomplishes the unlikely feat of being both a useful management guide and a suspense-filled page-turner. That's because the book enjoys an unusually rich source of material: a near-deadly Antarctic voyage that everyone survived by dint of the leader's formidable management skills. Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparrell present a strong case that Sir Ernest Shackleton was indeed a great leader. They mine the journey for the telling details of Shackleton's management style, and include short accounts from modern business leaders who look to Shackleton as an inspiration. getAbstract recommends this guide to leaders and would-be leaders who love adventure tales and seek an inspiring take on management from a true master.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Ernest Shackleton led the perilous Antarctic voyage of the Endurance;
  • What leadership principles he followed; and
  • How he saved his men.

About the Authors

Margot Morrell has more than two decades of corporate experience and is a longtime student of Shackleton's life. She runs a leadership training program based on Shackleton's management tactics. Journalist Stephanie Capparell is an editor at The Wall Street Journal and holds a master's degree in international affairs.



A Failed Mission, a Great Leader
Renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton gained fame because of his daring expeditions to Antarctica. He was the first to locate the magnetic South Pole, an advance for maritime navigation, and the first to find coal in Antarctica, a breakthrough for geologists...

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