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Alison Levine

The Art of High-Impact Leadership

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On The Edge by Alison Levine is a memoir that narrates how she climbed the highest peaks on every continent and led the first American Women's Everest Expedition. She shares leadership lessons on teamwork, perseverance, and resilience.

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    Team leaders need to empower every member of the team.

    Failing to rise to a challenge never feels good. You'll end up wondering if things would've gone differently if you'd only been more ready. So when a team confronts a challenge, the team leaders need to be very prepared.

    As a team leader, you always need to be in top form. You owe that to your team – they'll be expecting more from you than from the others. So leaders need to perform at the highest level, both physically and psychologically.

    This means many things. For one, you'll need to condition yourself to be able to handle situations where you can't sleep. You never know when you'll have to face a crisis situation and stay up all night. This is true whether you're leading an expedition to Mount Everest, or a team of programmers in a company.

    If you, as the leader, get stressed out about something minor like being tired, you'll stress the rest of your team out as well. So it's a good idea to “practice” sometimes, so you'll be ready when you have to experience it.

    Good leaders also understand that it's their duty to inspire leadership in others. They need to ask team members to rise to new responsibilities, so they'll grow as leaders themselves.

    This sort of leadership makes the team function more effectively, and also prepares them for the worst possible scenarios. This could be a matter of life or death in a place like the Himalayas.

    Leaders should prepare their teams so well that they're skilled enough to move ahead with the mission even without the leader.

    Leadership skills are essential, so you should never stop developing them.

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    What is On The Edge about?

    This book is about how to be a great leader. Alison Levine shares her experiences from business and mountain climbing to illustrate that great leaders all have certain common traits – whether they're on a summit or in an office.

    On The Edge Review

    On The Edge (2014) is an empowering book that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the world of extreme mountaineering and leadership. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • The author's firsthand experiences in treacherous conditions provide valuable lessons on leadership, resilience, and overcoming challenges.
    • Through engaging storytelling, the book immerses readers in harrowing adventures, showcasing the incredible determination and strength of the human spirit.
    • It offers insights into teamwork and the importance of collaboration in high-stakes environments, making it not only informative but also highly relevant for all aspects of life.

    Best quote from On The Edge

    Everyone is in a leadership position – regardless of age or title or tenure or where we work.

    —Alison Levine
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    Who should read On The Edge?

    • Anyone who has any kind of leadership role
    • Anyone interested in business or mountain climbing
    • Anyone who wants to help others perform at their best

    About the Author

    Alison Levine serves on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University. She's climbed the highest mountain on each continent, served as a captain of the first American  Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied to both Poles. She's also worked on Wall Street as an associate with Goldman Sachs.

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    What is the main message of On The Edge?

    The main message of On The Edge is to embrace challenges and push ourselves beyond our perceived limits.

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    Is On The Edge a good book? Is it worth reading?

    On The Edge is worth reading for its inspiring stories and lessons on leadership, resilience, and achieving extraordinary goals.

    Who is the author of On The Edge?

    The author of On The Edge is Alison Levine.

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