On The Edge Book Summary - On The Edge Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

On The Edge summary

Alison Levine

The Art of High-Impact Leadership

(5 ratings)
16 mins
Table of Contents

    On The Edge
    summarized in 9 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 9

    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.

    Want to see all full key ideas from On The Edge?

    Key ideas in On The Edge

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    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.

    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
    example alt text

    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.

    Categories with On The Edge

    Books like On The Edge

    People ❤️ Blinkist
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked

    Start growing with Blinkist now
    26 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    Of Blinkist members create a better reading habit*
    *Based on survey data from Blinkist customers
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 5,500+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial