Qualities of a Great Exploratory Leader

Ernest Shackleton was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. Devoted to creating a legacy, he set out to lead what would become famously known as the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914 – 1917. Shackleton is one of the most studied explorers because he could navigate both the known and the unknown; he knew how to follow maps, but he also knew what to do when getting stuck (and Shackleton and his crew got stuck).

When asked what he thought were the qualities of a great explorer, Shackleton said they were, in order of importance:

Optimism

Patience

Imagination

Courage

In the Studio/E Expedition program, we ask members what qualities they think make a great explorer. Some common answers are grit, humility, humor, courage, integrity, and passion.

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Extra Credit: What are your top four qualities of a great explorer? Write them down, then choose one to work on fostering this upcoming week.

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