Episode 14: Leadership Lessons From The Top Of Mount Everest

Big Takeaways


Quote #1

You do not climb a mountain like Everest by trying to race ahead on your own or by competing with your comrades. You do it carefully and slowly, by unselfish teamwork, for that is the mountain way.

Tenzing Norgay


Leadership Lesson #1

Your teachers need to see VERY CLEARLY that they are part of something bigger than themselves.


Quote #2

"The summit is not the goal. The goal is to come down alive with all of your fingers and toes.”

Alison Levine


Leadership Lesson #2

Get super clear on your goals so that you can make better decisions when you are stressed out.


Quote #3

“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others it rises from your heart.”

Junko Tabei (Ta Bay) 


Leadership Lesson #3

Your leadership skills will only take you so far. What will take you the rest of the way comes from your heart.


Quote #4

“Success is not just the crowning moment, the spiking of the ball in the end zone or the raising of the flag on the summit. It is the whole process of reaching for a goal and, sometimes, it begins with failure.”

Erik Weihenmayer (First blind person to summit Everest)


Leadership Lesson #4

Becoming a better leader is a process and it is OK to fail.

Quote #5

While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn't the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.

Sir Edmund Hillary


Leadership Lesson #5

We should always be seeing farther than everyone else.

Call to Action

  • Get super clear on your “compelling why?”
  • Watch the TED Talk
  • Write it in on your task list so that you will see it every day.


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