The elements of character and ethics that most moved or impacted me were the core values, sense of discernment, humility, loyalty, integrity, optimism, bravery, and decisive leadership exemplified by William Shackleton. After reading the presentation on William Shackleton, I was moved to find out more about him. I was impressed with Shackleton’s strength of character that seemed pervasive in his decision making. Great leadership begins with strength of character. I believe his strong, ethical core values were imperative when it came to the integrity in which he made defining decisions. Some may say he had a strong ego, I would dare to say he was confident in himself and decisive in his decisions. He had a vision/goal and made plans to accomplish it. He sought advice, but ultimately, took responsibility for the decisions he made, right or wrong. Shackleton used his sense of discernment to enlist the right people for the task and assignments. He knew his people and was able to assess their limits. He always took the optimistic view, and had confidence that there would be a positive outcome…even when the situation looked bleak. Shackleton foster camaraderie and humility amongst the crew. No “position” was more important than accomplishing the goal at hand. He exemplified the “all hands on deck” concept. No job was beneath anyone, including himself. As a leader, I would want to emulate the quality of character, ethics, and leadership personified by William Shackleton.
"The only safe ship in a storm is leadership".
- Faye Wattleton