One of Australia's top six leadership thinkers – BRW 2012.

International speaker, acclaimed author, executive leadership mentor.

Earl de Blonville first made his name in 1986 leading Australia's first expedition to the Arctic. With the Prince of Wales as patron, and advisor Lord Shackleton, he generated an avalanche of media and launched an international documentary film.

Described as "a great but unsung Australian hero", de Blonville was part of the golden age of Australian adventure and a pioneer of executive expeditions. Based on his extreme and dramatic Arctic leadership experiences, his acclaimed book Seventh Journey is a gripping and timeless story full of disarmingly frank and often hilarious reflections that reveal advanced leadership lessons for today's leaders. Described by a world-leading scientist as 'literally unputdownable', Seventh Journey is currently being developed for film.

Selected by BRW in 2012 as one of Australia's top six leadership thinkers, de Blonville is a rare mix of practical experience and philosophical insights, combining 25 years of high adventure field leadership with more than a decade of C-Suite leadership coaching. His unconventional methods of 'tough love' mentoring have reinvigorated executive careers in major transition and crisis and his practical approach to tomorrow's leadership challenges are revolutionary.

His current Doctoral research promises to revolutionize the way we define leadership and choose leaders for volatile futures. Freshly back from six weeks research into the state of leadership in Europe, hear what de Blonville has discovered about some surprising emerging issues, risks and opportunities and what they could mean for your organisation.

With 35 years experience as speaker and expert panelist, adding Earl de Blonville to the mix at your conference, seminar or workshop will generate the informed debate and leave the lasting impact that your discerning audiences seek. He is available to speak in Australia, Europe, Asia Pacific and the US.




'Earl's perspectives on leadership, which have been learnt at a most perilous coalface, were both intriguing as well as inspirational. It is not every day that you meet an Arctic explorer who has escaped death so many times and remains philosophical about the lessons learned. He held the audience in the palm of his hand and gave us some amazing insights into what it takes to create and lead a complex expedition, starting with no resources or experience. The leadership lessons he offers are insightful and are very relevant for businesses encountering challenges in uncertain times.'

Peter Switzer
Chairman, The Switzer Group
One of Australia's foremost business and economic advisers.

'Earl's presentation on leadership and team management is undeniably compelling and thoroughly engaging. His amazing story of entrepreneurship and survival provided an inspirational link to the tenacity and perseverance required to be successful in business today. His relaxed and inviting style drew in the audience while he thrilled them with witty anecdotes and relevant examples from his extraordinary career to reinforce the key messages on leadership, team performance and overcoming adversity. We all learned valuable lessons that can readily be applied to our own professional lives.'

Chris Jacka
South Pacific Area Director
Entrepreneurs Organisation
CEO – Sustainable Risk Management Australia

'I'm just writing to thank you for speaking at our leadership conference last Friday. Your ability to blend storytelling with meaningful insights on leadership made for an engaging and memorable session. It brought many of the key leadership themes of the conference to life through your examples and real-life experiences. Thanks again, it was a pleasure to have you join us.'

Mark Priede
Head of Organisational Development, People & Culture
Wholesale Banking
National Australia Bank