Shackleton’s Call

Sir Ernest Shackleton was a British explorer who famously led an expedition in 1914 to cross the Antarctic continent.  Their ship, “The Endurance,” was aptly named given the absolutely epic challenges the 27 crewmen overcame on the trek.  

When Shackleton was preparing for the mission, he published an advertisement in the London newspaper: 

“Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success.”

I love this!  It appeals to me.  It connects with a part of me that doesn’t often get called upon.  What can we learn from this?  Is there opportunity for leaders today to create this kind of a call?  What would that even look like?

What do you think?

If you want to learn more about Shackleton, get this DVD, narrated by Liam Neeson.  It is incredible!  Absolutely inspiring!  And it is a great catalyst for conversations about leadership.


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