Leadership on Ice


Open to all public and third sector staff in Wales


3 hours (inc. break times)
Morning sessions: 10am - 1pm
Afternoon sessions: 1pm - 4pm


Shackleton has been called ‘the greatest leader that ever came on God’s earth, bar none’, yet he never led a team larger than 27 people, failed to achieve nearly every goal he set and, until recently, had been little remembered since his death in 1922. Stranded in the frozen Antarctic sea for nearly two years, Shackleton and his team of polar explorers endured extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food supplies and complete isolation. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the group remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive - a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership.

Drawing on the amazing and true story of the ‘Endurance’ Expedition, this informative, interactive and inspirational online workshop will highlight the critical importance of ‘True North’ leadership when responding to the challenges, and particularly maximising the opportunities, that emerge in times of adversity, uncertainty and change.

Benefits to you

This online workshop will motivate you to:

  • Pursue your purpose with passion
  • Practice solid values
  • Lead with your heart, as well as your head
  • Establish enduring relationships
  • Demonstrate greater focus and self-discipline

‘I loved the Shackleton story, which I was completely ignorant of! The exercises encouraged engagement and the facilitator ensured everyone was engaged, whilst respectfully managing the ‘conversations’

As a leader, you will have much to learn from this gripping and inspirational account of survival against all odds as you strive to lead and effectively deliver services in the midst of a high pressured, fast moving and continuously changing environment.

"I went on Leadership on Ice (I hate training!) and this was the best course by far .. so much so that I did ask my boss if I could go on it again! I came back to the office buzzing about it and have recommended it to so many of my colleagues." Denbighshire County Council

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Championing innovation and change

Building collaboration and partnership

Political awareness and skill

Sharing leadership

Strategic orientation

Target audience

Open to all public and third sector staff in Wales.


Please note that all courses are free, unless otherwise stated.

How to apply