Participating in a Shackleton leadership program is a life altering opportunity. Many people leave having gained such tremendous insight into the skills they need to be effective leaders. Getting back to work gives them the chance to put their new found knowledge into action right away. Those that have completed the course make some of the best leaders in any business.
The programs are based on the life and qualities of the famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. His well documented expedition to the hostile icy wasteland is legendary. The party met with one disaster after another and were trapped for months in some of the harshest conditions on earth, with no chance of rescue and no means to communicate with the outside world.
Less effective leaders would have lost control of their men quickly. Similar situations have typically ended in disaster for everyone. Yet with Shackleton's outstanding ability to lead, not only did he stay firmly in charge, but he got every one of his men home safely. Their journey across the ocean in small open boats defies imagination. It is a tribute to his amazing skill that the outcome was so positive and his men were still willing to follow him.
One of the first things to learn is how to pick your team. Surrounding yourself with the best people is a key to success. Every one must know their job and be very highly qualified. They should be able to work together well and report to the boss with their findings. Understanding which perso...