“As you so wonderfully illustrated, there are many corollaries between climbing and our daily striving to excel, to execute, to be leaders, producers and to conduct ourselves with integrity and a positive attitude.”
Leadership is everyone’s responsibility – it is not solely the responsibility of the C-level executives or the management team within an organization. It is not just the job of coaches or team owners. Everyone in an organization is responsible for helping to move forward with the mission, but in addition, every single employee/teammate/person must realize it is also their responsibility to look out for the people on either side of them and help them move in the right direction as well.
If something happens to the team leader on an expedition in the middle of Antarctica—rescues could be days, weeks or months away. If the leader becomes unable to lead or walk or talk or breathe, the rest of the team needs to be able to continue to push on and perform at a high level. That’s why everyone must be prepared to lead. Good, sound leadership is necessary not just in corporate environments and government buildings, but at home, in schools on battlefields and on playing fields.
Having spent time in some of the world’s most dangerous and inhospitable environments, Levine is uniquely qualified to speak to the topic of leading teams when lives are on the line. In addition to having served on the adjunct faculty at the US Military Academy at West Point, she is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group, an executive education program where senior level executives come to learn leadership “the West Point Way.” Alison also serves on the advisory board of the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University. In 2010 she was featured on the CNBC program The Future of Leadership with fellow panelists General Wesley Clark, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy, New England Patriot’s owner Bob Kraft and Capt. Sully Sullenberger. She was a contributing author to the book Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and First Responders. In January 2011 she was invited to speak about leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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