031: How to Be That “Lucky Leader” People Want to Follow: Amundsen’s Race to the Pole

by Joe Sherwood on April 4, 2013

Lessons from the South Pole, Part 1: Roald Amundsen vs. Robert Scott

Episode 31. Photo courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica Online.Most people want to be on the winning team and follow a leader that’s winning. Many think those leaders just have good luck, but are they truly luckier than other leaders? Roald Amundsen, who led his team to be the first explorers to reach the South Pole, believed that great leaders create their own luck.

“Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.” — Roald Amundsen, The South Pole

Ultimately, people want to follow leaders who create their own luck. Roald Amunden demonstrated four ways that great leaders create their own luck:

  • Own the outcome.
  • Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
  • Follow the discipline of the 20 Mile March.
  • Focus on one goal at a time.

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For the transcript of this episode: : EL 31: How to Be That “Lucky Leader” People Want to Follow: Amundsen’s Race to the Pole | with Marty Lahey

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