Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Hard to imagine the struggles they went through but one of the most surprising things about this book was how they seemed to be in a good mood and get along most of the time. What also stood out was Shackleton’s leadership – he got to know each of his men so intimately that he understood what they could/couldn’t do, who they could/couldn’t work together with, when they were at the edge of collapse and so much more. Although he was great, he also doubted himself and was unsure often. This other side of leadership, the doubtful side, is rarely talked about but always present.