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