Chair's Corner

The Endurance: Three Lessons in Leadership from Ernest Shackleton

Melanie Bragg
Difficulties are just things to overcome.

—Ernest Shackleton

This issue of the GPSolo magazine deals with the art of persuasion. As you enjoy the many articles contained in this issue, I would like for you to begin with a story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. A few years back, I read an article about Ernest Shackleton’s 1915 Antarctica expedition, the Endurance (named after his ship on the expedition). The article ignited my curiosity, and I bought several books and went to see the IMAX film about the epic survival story. Since then the stories of Shackleton’s leadership have guided me in times of challenge. He is a wonderful role model. Many of the leadership lessons from Shackleton’s expedition can be analogized to the work we do as lawyers, as well as to the art of persuasion.

HMS Endurance. Frank Hurley—State Library of New South Wales.

HMS Endurance. Frank Hurley—State Library of New South Wales.

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