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Leading at the Edge

Written by: Dennis N. T. Perkins,Margaret P. Holtman - contributor,Jillian B. Murphy - contributor
Narrated by: Walter Dixon
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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.

©2012 DENNIS N.T. PERKINS, PH.D (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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

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  • JoAnna Dobson
  • 15-05-22

Inspiring!

I found Leading at the Edge to be inspiring, engaging, and very practical. I liked the variety of stories and how leadership strengths and weaknesses were discussed in detail. This is a great book for those aspiring to lead high performance teams to achieve incredible feats that seem out of reach, as well as everyday leaders who simply want to find the best in themselves and their teams.

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  • K. L. Henderson
  • 06-04-21

Fascinating Book!!!

This book is absolutely a great book on strategically developing your leadership to the next level. Worth reading at least yearly to help stay on target with your leadership development.

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  • William Ream
  • 28-04-20

Great book

Excellent book on leadership. Contrasts good and bad examples to illustrate a point. I want to get it in hard copy to mark and study.

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  • Jesse Peel
  • 16-05-18

Good book

I liked it. Brought a different perspective. Easy listen. Will probably purchase the book soon.

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  • Erica McElmurry
  • 25-02-17

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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  • Robson C. Chaves
  • 02-07-15

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.