The incredible story behind Shackleton’s Endurance shipwreck
I first learned about the Shackleton Expedition a few years ago at a leadership conference. The story exemplifies the power of leadership when the chips are down, way down, in this story of survival.
It is this quote that says it all to me.
“It is not the mountain we conquer, it is ourselves!” Edmund Hillary
It is a profoundly special soul who can lead in a life, death, fight, flight moment when this kind of courage is needed the most. This is the test of humanity and humility by a team of survivors.
The toughest challenge for leaders is to conquer fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear is the enemy.
With each step along the way, new fears appear with more trepidation and trauma. Fear then becomes the fuel to fight the enemy.
Fear can be addictive too. Conquering fear is the first line of defense of fear. We can love fear, but fear doesn’t love us in the end.
As a leader, I know that it was love, kindness, empathy and compassion that made me who I am. But the fears deep inside my soul need to be released. Otherwise, fear will conquer me.