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Leading the High-Energy Culture by David Casullo

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CHAPTER 11

Rise to Your Leadership Best

Circumstances do not rise to meet our expectations. Events happen as they do. People behave as they will. Embrace what you actually get.

—EPICTETUS, GREEK SAGE ANDSTOIC PHILOSOPHER

For every great leader, there comes a crossroads that will test your ability to rise to the occasion.

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 22-month Antarctic journey from 1914 to 1916 is one of the ultimate testimonies to the importance of leadership under duress. It is an extreme example. Shackleton, a celebrated polar explorer during his time, aimed to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent, sea to sea, via the South Pole. In 1901, as a third officer on an earlier expedition to the South Pole, Shackleton was sent home for health ...

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