Leading on the Edge: Extraordinary Stories and Leadership Insights from The World's Most Extreme Workplace

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Lessons on authentic leadership from the 58th annual Antarcticexpedition

In Leading on the Edge, successful business speaker andconsultant Rachael Robertson shares the lessons she learned asleader of a year-long expedition to the wilds of Antarctica.Leading eighteen strangers around the clock for a fullyear—through months of darkness and with no escape from thefrigid cold, howling winds, and each other—Robertson learnedpowerful lessons about what real, authentic leadership is. Here,she offers a deeply honest and humorous account of what it takes tosurvive and lead in the harshest environment on Earth. What emergesfrom her graphic account is a series of powerful and practicallessons for business leaders and managers everywhere.

  • Features practical leadership lessons that are particularlyhelpful for any leader who must get the best out of the teamthey've got
  • Features solutions to many challenges common to allworkplaces
  • Includes real excerpts from Robertson's personal journalsthrough twelve months of leading in the most challengingenvironment in the world
  • Written by a popular speaker and business leader who hasappeared at more than 350 national and international conferencesand events for a wide range of industries

Leading on the Edge explains what it's like to takecharge when you've no place to hide and how truly harshenvironments can serve as a leadership laboratory that results intruly effective, authentic leadership.

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What can an Antarctic expedition teach you aboutleadership?
More than you might think!

If you think your job is tough, try leading a one-yearexpedition where you're on duty all day, every day. Where it'scold, windy, dark and desolate. And you're stuck inside with 17strangers.

Rachael Robertson was one of the youngest people to ever lead anAntarctic expedition and one of the first women. In this incrediblepressure-cooker environment, Rachael was forced to developstrategies to deal with the isolation, scrutiny and demands ofextreme leadership. With no way in, and no way out, she had to makeit work.

An inspiring leadership story packed with ideas, insights andstrategies, Leading on the Edge will teach you how to:

  • deal effectively with ambiguity and the grey areas leadersface
  • generate trust and loyalty in those around you
  • understand why respect is more critical than harmony
  • check in on people, track progress and manage risk
  • inspire through the lean times and lead through the toughtimes
  • survive the scrutiny of leadership and look afteryourself.

Whether you lead or aspire to lead, this book is your guide tobecoming an authentic, resilient, innovative leader who gets thebest out of your team.

From the Inside Flap:

If you have big ambitions, then being big on the little thingsas a leader is critical. The little things help the important 4letter words—care, give, team and best—come to life.Rachael is one of the best when it comes to teaching and inspiringleaders on why little things matter.
—John Gillam, Managing Director, Bunnings

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