Shackleton Leadership Program

Battlefield Leadership
Training overview
Corporate / Group Training
1-4 days
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United States of America
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Course description

Shackleton Leadership Program

Based upon the extraordinary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition to Antarctica in 1914, this program explores the reasons Shackleton has been called “the greatest leader that ever came on God’s earth, bar none.” Having saved the lives of twenty-seven men shipwrecked with him in the frozen seas of Antarctica, Shackleton’s resilient leadership serves as a powerful example of how to develop the skill sets and processes required to increase individual, team, and organizational capacities to the highest level.

Through a combination of historical case studies and small group discussions, participants of this leadership program with Battlefield Leadership will draw inspiration from Shackleton’s example and examine their techniques and instincts for thinking clearly, acting decisively, and inspiring their teams to reach for new heights.

Selected leadership competencies for the Shackleton Leadership Program are:

  • The power of vision
  • Optimism and resilience
  • Building trust
  • Leading by example
  • Managing disunity
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Who should attend?

The program helps shape the mindset and sharpens the skill sets of experienced leaders who are in the very midst of leading their teams through challenging environments. It can be tailored to meet the needs of middle, senior and executive audiences and can be delivered in small or large group settings.

This program may also be adapted to meet the needs of newly appointed and even less experienced managers who would benefit from hitting the ground running successfully at this early “turn” in their careers.

Training content

This epic saga of survival provides a myriad of leadership elements for exploration and discussion, including how to:

  • Break clear of the past and focus on the present and future
  • Capitalize on change to take advantage of new opportunities
  • Create and communicate a clear vision for everyone to connect to and move forward
  • Keep focus on the “big picture”
  • Make better and faster decisions while avoiding “decision traps”
  • Mitigate risks in a fluid environment
  • Innovate and improvise when new solutions are required
  • Build trust at all levels
  • Cultivate a sense of compassion and responsibility for others
  • Develop leaders for the future
  • Lead with “emotional intelligence”
  • Hire the right people for the organization
  • Play to the strengths of each individual
  • Choose  the right team leaders and determine the best composition of teams
  • Create high levels of morale
  • Energize others with positive energy, persistence and “smart” optimism
  • Play your part to promote an “upbeat” environment for others to work in
  • Lead by example and  with visibility
  • Communicate strategically
  • Compete with others respectfully
  • Re-recruit pivotal talent
  • Become an inspiring leader


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Certification / Credits

Using case studies and a variety of multi-media resources to capture the essence of the Endurance Expedition, this classroom program provides relevant and practical knowledge and skills that that can be brought back to the workplace to achieve a winning edge in the market by building a winning culture within the organization.  The program is highly inspirational, fast paced and interactive.  Several leadership “tools” are provided during the session and attendees work though several exercises intended to maximize learning.  Participants develop their won 30-day “Shackleton Action Plan” to ensure transfer of knowledge and skills back to the job.

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Battlefield Leadership

Battlefield Leadership is a leadership consulting and training company specializing in customized experiential leadership training based in history.  Our programs, which are derived from historic events and transformative figures who helped shape the course of history in their own time,...

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