Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition is case of success.
– Ernest Henry Shackleton, explorer of the Antarctic, 1914
Over 5000 applied.
Shackleton selected 56 to man 2 ships.
On the journey, one ship became frozen in an ice floe and had to be abandoned.
Now facing cold, starvation and deprivation, the task became survival.
Overcoming many hardships, including an open boat 800 mile journey to find help, Shackleton’s party of 53 men (3 lives were lost) eventually returned safely.
Leadership Note: Shackleton gave his mittens to one colleague who had lost his and gave his daily allotted biscuit to another colleague, who wrote in his diary: “All the money that was ever minted would not have bought that biscuit and the remembrance of that sacrifice will never leave me.”
That’s how you get people to follow you.