Survival & Leadership

Death wish or not, there is a great amount of respect given to those who survive in harsh environments. If you’re caught up with adventure news at all then you’ve heard of the Shackleton Epic. Way back in the early 1900s, Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. You might remember how their ship, the Endurance, was crushed on the ice. After a harrowing time the crew were all saved.

Fast forward to this year and we see the completion of the new expedition. Granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton, Alexandra, approached Tim Jarvis to go on this journey to honor Sir Ernest and his legacy of survival and leadership.

A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon

Leadership. Leadership and survival go hand in hand. If you want to survive then you need to know good leadership. There is much to be said for needing good leaders, but I’ll let the news stations bicker that one out. If you want to be a good leader, first look at those that you respect. I found a few things to be true among those that I respect and admire:

  1. They never have anything bad to say about anybody. This doesn’t mean that they don’t get frustrated (I’m sure they do), but they keep it calm and say what needs to be said instead.
  2. They don’t complain. Most people complain about stupid things from time to time (The fast food guy didn’t give me enough sauce! I can’t believe she’s wearing that… This is such a stupid assignment.) when in reality we really don’t have much to complain about. Next time you start to complain about something small, stop yourself and see how much better you feel for not complaining.
  3. Good character. These are people who believe in hard work, trust, and being upfront with people.

There are a lot of organizations that help model good leadership for the youth of the world, and I applaud them for that. It takes a lot of work to be a good follower, but it takes guts to be a real leader. I can’t even imagine what it must have took for Jarvis to keep his teams moral up when crossing those mountains in Georgia.

South GeorgiaBy James Kennedy



3 responses to “Survival & Leadership

  1. I think one of the best ties between survival and leadership is often overlooked, and that is doing what is placed before you. Often we get caught up in planning, dreaming, mapping out, and forget to do what is right in front of us. Being aware of the moment and immediate needs is key to leadership in the sense of knowing what to do and when to do it. It is essential to survival because without it, you are lost. Great correlation, I loved your article!

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