Leading at the Edge

  • by Dennis N. T. Perkins, Margaret P. Holtman (contributor), Jillian B. Murphy (contributor)
  • Narrated by Walter Dixon
  • 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In December of 1914, the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, sailed from the island of South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. Its goal: the first overland crossing of Antarctica. Soon trapped in a prison of solid pack ice, the crew became engaged in a legendary fight against brutal cold, impenetrable ice, dwin­dl­ing food, and complete isolation. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the team remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive - a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership.
Part adventure tale, part leadership guide, Leading at The Edge demonstrates the power of strong leadership in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. This engaging and practical audiobook reveals Ten Strategies for Success, illustrating how leaders can:

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 - there’s always another move!

The second edition features new case studies highlighting the strategies in action, tools to uncover and resolve conflicts, and expanded resources. An updated epilogue compares Shackleton’s leadership style with that of famed polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott, and offers insights into how their contrasting approaches led to strikingly different outcomes. Today’s leaders have much to learn from this gripping account of survival against all odds. Leading at The Edge will help them navigate the rough waters of any turbulent environment and achieve success in the face of adversity.


What the Critics Say

"…there are many leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton’s amazing adventure." (ABA Banking Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Better than I expected

Read this for a work project. I enjoyed the story of the Endurance and the chapters relating the story to leadership. It was a struggle to get through the end of the book. Overall, I liked it.
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- Erica Brower

Great to lead like the boss

Shackleton was the real boss. This book shows how difficult it is to be a real leader. Great examples. Great story.
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- Robson C. Chaves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC