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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (83 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis N. T. Perkins Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469085432
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In December of 1914, the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, sailed from the island of South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. Its goal: the first overland crossing of Antarctica. Soon trapped in a prison of solid pack ice, the crew became engaged in a legendary fight against brutal cold, impenetrable ice, dwin­dl­ing food, and complete isolation. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the team remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive - a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership.

Part adventure tale, part leadership guide, Leading at The Edge demonstrates the power of strong leadership in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. This engaging and practical audiobook reveals Ten Strategies for Success, illustrating how leaders can:

  • Instill optimism while staying grounded in reality
  • Have the courage to step up to risks worth taking
  • Consistently reinforce the team message
  • Set a personal example
  • Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about
  • Never give up-there's always another move!


The second edition features new case studies highlighting the strategies in action, tools to uncover and resolve conflicts, and expanded resources. An updated epilogue compares Shackleton's leadership style with that of famed polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott, and offers insights into how their contrasting approaches led to strikingly different outcomes.

Today's leaders have much to learn from this gripping account of survival against all odds. Leading at The Edge will help them navigate the rough waters of any turbulent environment and achieve success in the face of adversity. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perkins has distilled ten principles from [Shackleton’s] survival experiences he offers them as a guide for business leadership at the edge.”

    New York Times

  • ... there are many leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton's amazing adventure. ABA Banking Journal
  • “[Leading at the Edge] should be read by anyone who aspires to the mantle of leadership.”

    National Post

  • “There are many leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton’s amazing adventure.”

    ABA Banking Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeva | 7/6/2013

    " This book is organized really well and is truly interesting. I can't help but recommend it. I found so much that pertained to my work and to aspects of life in general. It is also well-written and that is something we don't always see these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nataliya Stelmakh | 6/25/2013

    " Statements are well supported with examples, a worthy reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ckg | 5/31/2013

    " This is a fantastic book that teaches while it entertains. I recommend it to every one I know because at some point every one is called on to lead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wai-kit | 12/25/2012

    " Shackleton's story was great. Just that the insights drawn by the book was just so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena Rosko | 12/23/2012

    " I appreciated the author's emphasis on taking risks, renewal/self-care, and persevering when it's hard to see progress on a plateau. Readable, includes stories of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, and does go on a bit, but chapters are brief. Overall, an encouraging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 11/3/2012

    " Using Shackleton's Antartic expedition as a foundation for teaching real-world leadership principles proved to be both a page-turning read and a practical knowledge goldmine. "

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About the Author

Dennis N.T. Perkins, PhD, is president of the Syncretics Group, a consultancy that specializes in leadership. He has written extensively on leadership and organizational effectiveness. He is books include Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition and Racing through the Store: Building Exceptional Teams in Extraordinary Times.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.