A Talk on Leadership

“Optimism is true moral courage,” a famous quote by Shackleton, has been the theme of the talk, which was attended by approximately 300 people, including students and staff. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa also presented about the challenges faced by Shackleton, which included the weather conditions throughout the expedition.

His resilience, resourcefulness, and unwavering commitment to his team’s well-being embody the essence of true leadership under pressure. Shackleton’s legacy teaches us valuable lessons in perseverance, collaboration, and maintaining morale, even in the most daunting circumstances. Under Shackleton’s leadership, all 28 crew members of the Endurance ship survived.

By studying his extraordinary journey, we gain insights into how to navigate uncertainty, inspire confidence, and ultimately emerge stronger as leaders. Let us be reminded by Shackleton’s indomitable spirit that with courage, ingenuity, and a steadfast focus on our goals, we too can lead with unwavering resolve.

During a captivating talk on leadership by Vice-Chancellor and Professor Emeritus Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu on 26th February 2024, the audience was drawn into the remarkable story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. Shackleton’s unwavering determination and ability to adapt in the face of adversity serve as a timeless example of effective leadership during challenging times.

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