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Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,166 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none" for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. Today the public can't get enough of this once-forgotten explorer, and his actions have made him a model for great leadership and masterful crisis management. Now, through a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Penguin Books (first published 1998)
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Omar Halabieh
Jul 10, 2013 Omar Halabieh rated it really liked it
Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "Shackleton's strategy is the antithesis of the old command-and-control models. His brand of leadership instead values flexibility, teamwork, and individual triumph. It brings back some of the gentlemanliness and decorum of the past, but without the hidden agenda of an exclusionary inner circle. It's business with a human face."

2- "SHACKLETON'S WAY OF DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS: -Cultivate a sense of compassion and re
Vanessa Siemens
Nov 10, 2014 Vanessa Siemens rated it really liked it
Shackleton was an amazing man and I appreciated how this book wove his personal accomplishments and leadership qualities with the biography of his life.
Organizational Development
Feb 03, 2017 Organizational Development rated it it was amazing
- Leadership
- Relationship Management
- Accountability
- Building Trust
- Motivating Teams
Nov 04, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read. Analysis of the ill fated expedition with insightful commentary. One of the best leadership books.
Michael Brady
Mar 29, 2012 Michael Brady rated it it was amazing
Over the years history has come to regard Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton as an explorer of the first rate, eclipsing both Roald Amundson - who may have made polar exploration look too easy when he achieved the South Pole without incident in 1911, and Robert Falcon Scott - who for reasons only the British can explain, was celebrated for reaching the South Pole in 1912, a month after Amundson, and then dying of scurvy, privation, and exposure with his entire party on the return trip.

Shackleton made
Aug 30, 2007 Brian rated it really liked it
The book combines one part leadership guide and one part adventure biography! The authors did a great job of intermixing the two, building suspense during the narrative moments, then bringing the "lesson" in leadership themes back into focus.

A great Navy reading list selection that isn't very long--about 220 pages. Definitely able to read it and jot notes in the margins while on a long TDY or PCS trip! I kept a pencil handy throughout reading it so I could underline good passages and put stars
Joshua Hernandez
Nov 25, 2012 Joshua Hernandez rated it liked it
This story is about a well known Antarctic Explorer named Ernest Shackleton. He was born in 1874 and died in 1922. He was well known for his leadership skills, being able to the life of the crew and always kept his shipmates happy. Many said Shackleton was the greatest leader that ever lived. He loved going on expeditions. The main expedition he always wanted to accomplish was to travel across the Antarctic and go to the South Pole.

As a child Shackleton he was second of the ten children and wa
Sep 19, 2012 Kara rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, business, swn
The best thing about this book was the font in which it was printed. Versailles. It was beautiful and so airy and easy to read. But enough about that.

Shackleton's Way is about the famous Antarctic explorer at the beginning of the 20th century. He goes down in history as a great leader and is often referenced in leadership talks and seminars. This book acts as both a biography and a leadership book. It fails at both.

The book is set up like this: (1) leadership lessons as headings such as "Shackle
Christopher Litsinger
Sep 04, 2014 Christopher Litsinger rated it really liked it
When someone who works for you recommends that you read a book on leadership, it's pretty much mandatory, I figure.
This is by far the most entertaining book on leadership that I've read; it reads more like a Jon Krakauer book than a business guide. I hadn't known much about Shackleton's Endurance expedition, and it's an inspiring story. I won't claim that "most entertaining" is the same as "best", but this was well worth the read.
The book is deftly assembled, mostly following the expedition in c
Dennison Berwick
Feb 06, 2010 Dennison Berwick rated it really liked it
How can we become better leaders - even if our team consists only of one? This fascinating book and highly readable book explores the leadership and management style of famed Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who brought 27 men home after two years marooned on the ice.

The book tells extraordinary Shackleton’s story and draws the lessons we can learn about hiring and creating camaraderie, leading in a crisis, forming teams for tough assignments, overcoming obstacles and leaving a legacy.
Louise Fisher
Feb 12, 2008 Louise Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any
Recommended to Louise by: my father
Awesome book for those who love a great story about endurance and admirable leadership qualities. This guy got all of his crew out of probably the biggest quandary I can think of. They were stranded at the South Pole for nearly two years and never lost hope about their chances of survival. Shackleton did the impossible by constantly supporting and guiding his men through a perilously long journey. They never made it to the South Pole but they lost their boat when it was crushed in the ice and ha ...more
Oct 22, 2007 Jake rated it liked it
Recommends it for: aspiring to be a leader
The book was wonderful in showing great qualities of a leader. I would recommend it for anyone going into management. However, if you're reading this purely for the incredible story of Shackleton and survival...stop, read something else or watch either one of two excellent documentaries on video. The only thing that was a turn off and somewhat jovial was that I'm led to believe that the authors created a god and not a man! Oh, I'm not discounting Shackleton's unique and amazing skills of surviva ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this book for a graduate level course on Leadership and Management. Reading about Shackleton and his failed trips to the Antarctic were interesting and somewhat inspiring. Even though he failed miserably in reaching his initial goals, he was successful in many other things, most notably keeping his entire crew alive even after they were stranded on the ice without a boat for multiple months during an Arctic winter.
Mar 04, 2009 Elynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was an interesting combination of adventure story and leadership training with modern examples.

The book is written as almost a self-help book (though overall it is a narrative story telling) on leadership with Shackleton being the model of good leadership. If you are familiar with the Shackleton story, this is a great companion book. It deals more with the personal interaction of Shackleton and his men than overall events (it does give the basic sequence of events).

I would not recommend th
Christina Quinn
Here's my thing about this...I read a lot of business/leadership books. As a result, I have a pretty solid idea of what a good book in that genre should be like. Though there are undoubtedly some interesting leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton, this book was really just a biography thinly veiled as a "leadership" lesson. With that in mind, I tend to be pretty picky about whose biographies I read, and unfortunately this isn't one I would have picked on my own. Not a terrible book, bu ...more
Bailey Urban
Jan 13, 2016 Bailey Urban rated it liked it
Took me 6 months to finish this, but Shackleton is definitely worth studying. It doesn't matter so much that you read this cover to cover, but at the very least read the end of chapter summaries with applications of how executives/leaders today are applying the model of leadership Shackleton set. Lots of nuggets to remember; my favorite quote is, "Optimism is true moral courage." The last two paragraphs of this book really drove the whole point of how well Shackleton led: He never achieved many ...more
I was promoted to a leadership position with a new job I took 6 months ago. Leadership is something I've been studying for the past 3 years and I've been able to finally apply some of what I've been learning. This book is exactly what I needed. I read Shackleton's book years ago and was cognizant of his leadership qualities throughout the book. But it wasn't until reading this that I was able to grasp them in a tangible way. He was a pretty remarkable man, blending a firm mind with concrete goal ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it
This biography is about Ernest Shackleton and his life, featuring stories about his many expeditions around the world, especially Antarctica. Shackleton was an excellent leader and was devoted to the safety of his crew. this book had some excellent leadership points, but it has no flow and only takes fragments of his story to correlate them to a different leadership lesson. This idea was good in theory but makes it extremely boring for the reader. Also, since the chapters are replaced with leade ...more
Chuck Thomas
Aug 26, 2014 Chuck Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shackleton's Way is an interesting read, blending historical narrative, biography, leadership lessons, and modern business practices. As a supervisor myself, I made note of various leadership traits of Shackleton and how I might be able to apply them in my daily responsibilities. The authors break the chapters up into the following areas of Shackleton's story and then how it's been applied in the modern business world:

-the path to leadership
-hiring an outstanding crew
-creating camaraderie
Feb 03, 2016 Ian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: new or young leaders
The story of Shackelton is fantastic in many ways. Almost too fantastic to believe. But there is little doubt that the survival of Shackleton and his men depended on Shackelton's commitment to leadership and optimism.

Morrell and Capparell tell the story well and integrate their own commentary on his leadership traits almost seemlessly. It's an easy and compelling read.

The leadership traits that the authors highlight are significant new thoughts to an unstudied and young leader. The lessons may
Feb 26, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
This is a well put together combination of adventure story following Shackleton's Endurance exhibition with leadership principles. As a small girl I had a small book about polar exploration and I remember it as being fascinating. I still get similar feelings when I read about the great Antarctic expeditions. The story is one I know reasonably well having listened to the audiobook of Shackleton's own account "South" but it works well being interspersed with what short passages highlighting his in ...more
Aug 18, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like adventure stories and apparently people who want to succeed in the business world
Had to read this for a class on leadership. Well, I don't know that it had much to do with the class, but this is still an interesting, quick read about a dude who had big brass b*lls. Shackleton and his men were the original Apollo 13 crew so it's a good adventure story. However, this particular book tries to spin everything for a modern business crowd, so each chapter ends with "Shackleton's Business Tips" and a story about some person who claims Shack is responsible for their being rich. Hone ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Ben rated it liked it
Summary: A great true life story of adventure at the turn of the 20th Century used to illustrate lessons of leadership in extreme situations.

Things I liked:

The story: I wasn't familiar with the Shackleton story and found it compelling.

Pictures: Some of the pictures in the book are well chosen and enhance the story.

Things I thought could be improved.

Management lessons: Just point lists of ideas that would have been enhanced by tighter integration with anecdotes from the main story.

Shackleton brought all of his expedition out alive, an amazing feet of leadership in sub-freezing temperatures and harsh conditions. Morrell teases out the leadership principles of Shackleton's accomplishment and gives some modern day examples.

Why I started this book: I was struggling with the audio of Shades of Grey and needed another book for my Saturday drive. This book was loaded on my phone.

Why I finished it: Interesting, and inspiring. I need to be a better boss, and I can do this by focus
Mar 11, 2010 becky rated it liked it
although my husband is a huge shakleton fan i must admit i didn't know much about him until now but i'm rather impressed.

i think the book has too many ideas and could have focused more on just a few key traits because it makes you feel like you could never be the leader that shakleton was. then again, i never plan to lead any teams to the antarctic so situation is probably a big factor in his leadership impact.

overall, if i could put to use a few of the points made in the book i think it would
Mar 29, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
Heard about this on a Shackleton site on Facebook and decided to give it a read. It highlights the leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who was trying to cross the South Pole. His boat became icebound and the crew stayed there for a year...then they rowed about 1000 miles to an island...then Shackleton rows another 1000 miles or so to find a rescue party. The crew kept journals, and to a man, credited Shackleton's leadership ability as what got them out of there alive. I was reading it while in ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Sameer rated it it was ok
I was a bit disappointed with this book. I new about the Shackleton story from somewhere else. It is basically a captain of a ship who kept all his men alive even though they were stuck on Antartica for two years! Amazing story of leadership. This book is about leadership, but goes so much on the leadership you don't really get a sense of the story. My strongly suggest you read about Ernest Shackleton, but read his story on the web.
Mar 06, 2011 Tamhack rated it really liked it
The book gave a clearer picture of Shackleton's history, and his character. How his leadership skills can be applied to business and the work place. It was a very insightful book and there is much information that can be gleaned. I will try to apply some these leadership skills in any leadership position I am put in.

A very good quote from the book: "a leader is a dealer in hope."

Two important items from the book:
1. Discover what you have, who you are, and what your mission in life is.
2. Give se
Sep 30, 2010 Shaun rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book which described the adventure of Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica and compared his expedition and lessons learned with other great business leaders. It compared this failed original mission with the Apolo 13 mission. Both had an original goal which wasn not accomplished, but the goal changed and they had successful outcomes, despite the elements, stress and hardships they had to endure and overcome. An excellent read I highly recommend. Ernest Shackleton was an amazing ...more
Amber Jones
Sep 25, 2012 Amber Jones rated it did not like it
Want to read a book about a man who was a womanizer, drunkard, lost people's money on get rich quick schemes, and never really accomplished his goals?? Then read this book.

I get it, he kept his crew alive for 2 years after their ship ran into glaciers while trying to get to Antartica; however, that was his entire claim to fame. I'm not so sure that others would not have been able to do the same thing.

This book was a waste of time and I'm glad I didn't waste money on it.

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