Inspiring Leadership: Learning from Great Leaders

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TEN

Polar Explorers

'Had we lived, I
should have a tale to
tell of the hardihood,
endurance, and
courage of my
companions which
would have stirred
the heart of every
Englishman.'

CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT

'Great God! This is an awful place,' wrote Scott in his journal on 17 January 1912, having reached the South Pole. Polar expeditions placed groups of men in the worst physical conditions on earth. The difficulties caused by weather, terrain and isolation called for great leadership — especially if things went wrong. The three case-studies in this chapter illustrate different aspects of leadership by British explorers in the extreme tests posed by the polar regions.

Of the three, the names of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton are well- known. The name of the third — Gino Watkins — may not be so familiar. He was a young explorer in the 1930s who pioneered a new style of leadership on expeditions, one which could be transferred to many other kinds of enterprise in modern life. All three men, however, stand within the tradition of the British gentleman leader. They both epitomised that concept and added to its fullness by their lives and examples.

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  • Inspiring Leadership - Learning from Great Leaders *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 3
  • One - Leadership through Knowledge 4
  • Two - Leadership Skills 24
  • Three - The Servant-Leader 37
  • Four - The Ability to Give Direction 58
  • Five - Making the Right Decisions 77
  • Six - The Art of Inspiring While Informing 108
  • Part 2 *
  • Seven - The Roots of British Tradition 138
  • Eight - The Gentleman Leader 156
  • Nine - Nelson 187
  • Ten - Polar Explorers 207
  • Eleven - Leadership in a Changing World 220
  • Part 3 *
  • Twelve - Charisma 254
  • Thirteen - Women as Leaders 276
  • Fourteen - Styles of Leadership 303
  • Fifteen - Leaders for Tomorrow 335
  • Picture Acknowledgements 346
  • Select Bibliography 347
  • Index 349
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