Recently, Petra Coach presented a webinar, “Lessons from the Death Zone: A Mountaineer’s Guide to Crisis Management” featuring Shailee Basnet.

The content is invaluable to leaders during this unprecedented time.

You can find the full recording here.

To augment the recording, we noted takeaways and tips from the presentation. We’ve also linked Shailee’s slides from today’s session HERE.


About Shailee

Shailee Basnet was born and raised in Nepal in an environment where women were not expected to yield successful careers, let alone climb Mount Everest. In fact, despite Mt. Everest’s proximity to Nepal, very few Nepali women in history had attempted.

In 2008, though, at 4’11”, Shailee Basnet scaled Mt Everest. She then led the Seven Summits Women Team – ranging from runaway brides to women deemed unfit for marriage altogether – who became the world’s first female group to scale the highest peak in each continent.

Today, Shailee leads programs to train young female survivors of human trafficking become trekking guides. As a motivational speaker, Shailee shares hard-earned insights learned on her mountaineering missions. Outside of these, she enjoys hitting the stage as a stand-up comic.


Key Takeaways

We fixate on the idea of doing all these things to achieve a goal, but when you inevitably hit a roadblock and are frustrated, you need to realize how to shift your mindset.

Shifting Your Mindset

Do not hold a negative mindset, nor a positive mindset – just be in a neutral state.

  • If you keep fighting how you are feeling, you are going to go back to that negative thought.

Accept what is happening.

  • Only when you accept the reality can you do something about it
  • If you stay in denial, you will only cause a bigger crisis

We take for granted that everything is given, and assume it will be there for us tomorrow.


The Strain of Being A Leader: Looking out for the better of your team, even if you need to fall behind or out of the spotlight.