Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Leaders Tread in the Steps of Shackleton

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Leaders Tread in the Steps of Shackleton

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LEADERSHIP has been around as long as civilisation, and yet we are still trying to learn how it works.

A new course at CQ University takes an exciting look at the ingredients for successful leadership.

Managing and Leading is a course based on the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton who led an expedition to Antarctica in 1914. But when the ship was crushed by floating ice, they began a two-year struggle that is recognised as one of history's great survival stories.

Shackleton led his men through an unimaginable period of survival on the ice and navigation of a life-raft, before finally reaching a Norwegian whaling post and arranging the rescue of his team members left behind. Not a single life was lost.

Senior lecturer Richard Egelstaff says Shackleton's efforts are a blueprint for quality leadership.

C[pounds sterling]When you look at it and ask, CyWhy did they survive?' they survived because of the leadership of Shackleton,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]The goal (of the course) is to make this meaningful to people and add some excitement people can really latch on to, rather than just standing there and saying, Cythis is what academics say'. …

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