Lessons in leadership learned under distressing conditions

Leadership lessons learnt from desolate Antarctica is the focus of Daleen Koch's MBA research.

Koch is a graduate from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Her research explores the mindset South African’s have towards their leaders. Koch has been living and working as part of the South African Antarctic Program on the remote research stations of Gough Island and Marion Island.

She says her research has found that the type of station leader who is effective in Antarctica has many similar characteristics to a leader in a traditional business environment.

Koch's research was gathered from 180 multidisciplinary team members, between the ages of 25 and older than 61, who participated in overwintering expeditions between 1961 and 2015.

Her participants include scientists, engineers, doctors and personnel who were specialists in various disciplines such as physics, biology, geology and oceanography.

For more findings of Koch's research listen to the rest of the interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : Lessons in leadership learned under distressing conditions


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