Category: Leadership

Leading at the Edge

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Leading at the Edge : Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition (buy from Amazon)
by Catherine McCarthy

Type: Business Self-improvement
Author: Dennis N. T. Perkins
My rating: 4

Posted by Dominic
Book introduction:
A book on leadership lessons using the 1914 Antarctica exploration led by Sir Ernest Shackleton on a boat called the "Endurance". A remarkable journey, the boat was soon trapped by the ice and the crew was strangled in the most harsh region on the globe. Under Sir Ernest's amazing leadship, the crew was able to survive for over 2 years and eventually reached safety with no loss of a single life. His unique style of leadership skill was able to hold the team together and keep their spirit alive, how to eliminate doubts and achieve incredible results. The book analyses these outstanding qualities and citing more turn-around examples of modern corporations.

My review:
A remarkable story that has been quoted countless times. This book gives a good summary on the lessons that we can learn and leadership skills that can be applied in modern society, in organisations of any kind.

The Servant : A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership

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The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership (buy from Amazon)
by James C. Hunter

Type: Leadership, Business
Author: James C. Hunter
My rating: 4

Posted by irene
Book introduction:
John Daily, a businessman who heads up a company and has a family and good life style, is failing miserably in each of his leadership roles as boss, husband, father, and coach. What went wrong?Find out from his weeklong retreat at a remote Benedictine monastery.

My review:
Is leadership born? or trained? This book explains the simple principles of a good and successful leader. One of the concepts is:
POWER = The ability to force others, by virtue of your position over them, to do what you wish them to do.

AUTHORITY = The ability to have others voluntarily do what you wish them to do as a result of the nature of your relationship with them and the example you set in front of them.

The principles can be applied to different situations of our life.