Leadership in Crysis

Leadership in Crysis

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Nancy F. Koehn is the author of the Harvard Business Review case study: Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance

This case study is one of the most notable cases related to leadership. The following online source captures the story as Koehn wrote it in her 2010 case study.

Click on the following link for Shackleton’s story and respond to the questions below.


You have until the last day of the course to submit a response to the following four questions:

1. In what context should the Endurance expedition be analyzed? As a scientific endeavor? An entrepreneurial venture? An exercise in imperial opportunity? By what criteria should the expedition be evaluated? Given your answer to the preceding question, was it a success or a failure?

2. A managerial scholar has defined entrepreneurship as the “relentless Pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” Using this definition, evaluate Shackleton’s actions on the Endurance expedition. Was Shackleton an entrepreneur?

3. What parallels do you see between Shackleton and other entrepreneurs or leaders whom you have studied? What were Shackleton’s strengths and weaknesses?

4. What are your takeaways or lessons learned from this story?

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