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In this new twist on a topic of perennial interest, Joe MacInnis shows how the leadership traits forged in extraordinary circumstances are transferrable to our everyday lives. Simply put, this is a handbook for building character.
Some people are born leaders. The rest of us find ourselves in positions where leadership is required. Self-described “accidental leader” Dr. Joe MacInnis found himself in such a situation: deep beneath the ice of the Arctic Ocean. Starting with his undersea explorations, this physician, scientist, author and motivational speaker shares an accessible--and obtainable--list of leadership traits inspired by his own journey and the icons he’s learned from over the years. Deep Leadership is an eminently digestible book with short lessons and anecdotes. Its centre is the author’s 12 “Essential Traits of Leadership”: Cool Competence, Powerful Presentations, Physical Toughness, Hot-Zone Humor, Mental Resilience, Strategic Imagination, High-Empathy Communication, Enduring Trust, Fierce Ingenuity, Team Genius, Resolute Courage and Warrior’s Honor.
Each trait is communicated with an anecdote from MacInnis’s experience, making it totally memorable. MacInnis also gives the reader a primer to navigate his or her own path toward leadership, including such practices as keeping a journal, building a library, and finding mentors.
“This is a fast-paced, lyrical blueprint of leadership from a man who’s been inside the fire. If you’re young or young at heart and want to save the world, you’ll want to read this book.” –Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance
“Dr. Joe MacInnis is a leader among leaders, a man who’s participated in events that have shaped history above and below the sea. In these lyrical pages, he shares front-line insights on the structure and dynamics of leadership.” –Sylvia A. Earle, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
“In this masterful account of the complex essence of true leadership, Joe MacInnis introduces us to some of the remarkable people he has met and worked with during his extraordinary life. Through their words and deeds he shows how real leadership–not the kind trumpeted by Hollywood action flicks or business bestsellers–is a subtle alchemy of bravery, mental agility, integrity and interpersonal genius. His stories will give you goosebumps–and lessons in leadership you’ll never forget.” –Thomas Homer-Dixon, professor and author of The Upside of Down
“For my entire life, I’ve been lucky enough to have Dr. Joe for a thoughtful counselor, wise teacher, inspiring mentor and dear friend. If you want to become the leader your community and the world so desperately needs, this book is for you.” –Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament, District of Papineau
“The poet laureate of the deep ocean has captured the essence of leadership in lethal environments. Here are compelling stories about its essential traits and the pathways to achieve them. Five stars!” –Scott Carpenter, Mercury 7 astronaut
“A celebrated Canadian explorer has written a book about the straight, stark reality of influencing others while pushing the limits of human performance. Here are important messages to help each of us on our lifelong leadership journey.” –Dave Williams, shuttle astronaut STS-90 and STS-118
“A riveting and inspiring book. Joe MacInnis offers compelling insights into the attributes of great leaders and practical steps to help you become a better leader and, coincidentally, a better person.” –David Naylor, President, University of Toronto
“Part biography, part instruction manual, this is a unique introduction to a vital subject. A must-read book!” –Lt. Gen. Hal Moore (USA Ret’d.), author of We Were Soldiers Once and Young