Ernest Shackleton Case Study

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Ernest Shackleton was an achievement-oriented explorer who set a goal that was not feasible during his time because technology was not as developed as it is today. His goal was to cross the Antarctic by using the South Pole (Sir Ernest…). However, he failed at his attempt because of the freezing temperatures of the winter months. Although he did not achieve his goal, his leadership was one the main reasons his team was able to survive the wreck of their ship. Without his confidence and determination, the team would have lost hope. Throughout his expedition, Shackleton displayed many competencies identified in the Emotional and Social Competencies Inventory (ESCI). Shackled used these competencies to keep his team motivated and ultimately, alive.…show more content…
Once the ship, Endurance, was surrounded by ice, the voyage was halted. Shackleton had to take action to keep his dream alive. After being stranded for ten days, he decided to put out the fires and stop burning coal in attempt to save fuel. In addition, the sailors begin keeping a steady supply of seal meat to eat. When a leader encounters a challenge or changing environment, it is important for a leader to adapt (Uhl-Bien and Arena 10-11). If a leader is not able to adapt to a problem that arises, the entire team will suffer. Shackleton was able to lead his team to safety, so his adapting skills were one of the reasons they survived. When working in the business industry, business leaders will be face new issues. If the leader is not able to adapt to a changing economy or market, they will not be able continue guiding the company to…show more content…
Shackleton’s focus on his goals was the main reason he had passion for exploring. In addition to his passion, he used his influence to attract others to his team. When his expedition hit tough times, he kept the team focused. He was able to adapt to the changing environment by seeking new food sources. He kept the team motivated by establishing trust through his positive attitude. Working in a team and using the strengths of the team members helped the team survive. His ability to control his emotions kept the morale of the team up, and it encouraged them to keep fighting for survival. The Emotional and Social Competencies that Shackleton demonstrated would make him an effective business
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