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

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


By (author) Rachel Robertson

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  • Publisher: Wrightbooks
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Milton, QLD
  • ISBN 10: 073030549X
  • ISBN 13: 9780730305491
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 40,972

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Lessons on authentic leadership from the 58th annual Antarctic expedition In "Leading on the Edge," successful business speaker and consultant Rachael Robertson shares the lessons she learned as leader of a year-long expedition to the wilds of Antarctica. Leading eighteen strangers around the clock for a full year--through months of darkness and with no escape from the frigid cold, howling winds, and each other--Robertson learned powerful lessons about what real, authentic leadership is. Here, she offers a deeply honest and humorous account of what it takes to survive and lead in the harshest environment on Earth. What emerges from her graphic account is a series of powerful and practical lessons for business leaders and managers everywhere. Features practical leadership lessons that are particularly helpful for any leader who must get the best out of the team they've got Features solutions to many challenges common to all workplaces Includes real excerpts from Robertson's personal journals through twelve months of leading in the most challenging environment in the world Written by a popular speaker and business leader who has appeared at more than 350 national and international conferences and events for a wide range of industries "Leading on the Edge" explains what it's like to take charge when you've no place to hide and how truly harsh environments can serve as a leadership laboratory that results in truly effective, authentic leadership.

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Rachael Robertson is one of the most in-demand inspirational business speakers and leadership consultants in the world. After more than 20 years' experience leading teams in complex and challenging environments, Rachael is now transforming leadership around the globe. www.rachaelrobertson.com

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What can an Antarctic expedition teach you about leadership? More than you might think! If you think your job is tough, try leading a one-year expedition where you're on duty all day, every day. Where it's cold, windy, dark and desolate. And you're stuck inside with 17 strangers. Rachael Robertson was one of the youngest people to ever lead an Antarctic expedition and one of the first women. In this incredible pressure-cooker environment, Rachael was forced to develop strategies to deal with the isolation, scrutiny and demands of extreme leadership. With no way in, and no way out, she had to make it work. An inspiring leadership story packed with ideas, insights and strategies, "Leading on the Edge" will teach you how to: deal effectively with ambiguity and the grey areas leaders face 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 tough times survive the scrutiny of leadership and look after yourself. Whether you lead or aspire to lead, this book is your guide to becoming an authentic, resilient, innovative leader who gets the best out of your team.

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