"MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON"
Surprisingly, he had a massive turnout of letters on interest for this dangerous work. While there were many hazards that resulted in them never actually stepping foot onto the continent, his leadership allowed them to all survive and continue positive moral despite this. This leadership style from over 100 years ago, has implications for our work today as we are the leaders in our work leading a “crew” to a final destination of College and Career Readiness.
We all realized when we signed up and decided to be educators that it is hard and important work, and then as Shackleton and his crew faced, problems arise and the course and goals need to change accordingly. I think this article and the leadership lessons that can be taken away from it are inspirational to educators in this time of flux. I have linked both the article as well as information on all of the crew that left on this expedition for your own reading. Enjoy the journey but remember when you consider jumping ship,the rest of your crew needs you.
More about Shackleton’s Team.