Pray for Shackleton

Pray for Shackleton

I’m reading Endurance–Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage which is about a group of explorers who get stranded in Antarctica when their ship (the Endurance) gets crushed by ice.  I also happen to be thinking about the qualities possessed by effective leaders.  With those two things in mind, I was pleasantly surprised to come across this passage describing a tribute paid to Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance’s captain.

For scientific leadership give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems no way out, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

Now that seems like a leader worth having on your side.

© Laura Genao 2007

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