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On Leadership: Wisdom not Mine

April 6, 2015

In the course of our continuing conversations on the nature of, and elusive definition of the concept of “Leadership,” [Alice Cochran, Faculty Leadership Fellow at Dominican University’s Institute for Leadership Studies] we talk often on the very nature of: “Leadership.”

I from my historical/Antarctic model: Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen. She from a larger range of examples.

Harkening back to my polar-studies model, I’ve come across this from Beau Riffenburgh’s 2006 introduction to veteran Antarctic sea captain John King Davis’s “With the ‘Aurora’ in the Antarctic 1911-1914”:

“Davis learned what he would forever regard as the key characteristics of a capable leader:
–Force of character
–The manner of instinctive command
–Efficiency
–Integrity
–Skill
–underlying all of these, a necessary detachment and isolation.”

These characteristics ought to be considered to apply in any field of leadership, from committee chair to captain of a ship to prime minister or president, and any place in between.

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  1. April 7, 2015 10:30 am

    Thnks 4 sharing. I’ll b thinking about this………. Hmmmmmmmm

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