By Peter Neill, Director, World Ocean Observatory (Huffington Post)
Angus King, the United States Senator from Maine and co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus, recently spoke to the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland about the qualities of leadership, defined by the great Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton as follows:
Vision, perseverance, teamwork, empathy, trust, flexibility, understanding, communication, optimism, and character.
To lead well required those characteristics combined. Senator King was using this frame as a context for the United States as it assumed the Chairmanship in April of the Arctic Council, the international governing body, and its agenda for the next two years.