On Feb. 26, 2018, I wrote here about one of the most fundamental challenges in leadership. Given our challenging times, it seemed like a great topic to revisit as I return to this column, On Leadership. The downstream impact of COVID-19, challenges to the global economic outlook, unsettled politics and political brinkmanship across borders can make leading a business of any size seem like an impossible job. Those challenges can take up much attention and focus for any organizational leader. But they often can be a distraction from the real issue. One of the best examples we have comes from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to Antarctica.