Best Leadership Books of All Time

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Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (1959)

The against-all-odds survival tale of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-member crew is one of the most timeless leadership allegories out there. When the 1914 Antarctic voyage got stuck for over a year in an ice floe, Shackleton's extraordinary positivity and decisiveness is said to have almost singlehandedly saved the lives of his entire crew. His ability to motivate and inspire in the face of bitter cold and extreme deprivation has been fodder for thousands of business school case studies.