Richard de Crespigny
Rating: 3 / 5
Despite having more chance of perishing in a car accident, the fear of a plane crash is front and centre for many people. But imagine being the pilot, responsible for 469 lives as a series of malfunctions means attempting an emergency landing—if you make it that far.
Richard de Crespigny faced this as the pilot of QF32 in 2010. He recalls how he and his team navigated the crisis with leadership, teamwork and resilience.
While Fly! focuses briefly on the incident, it provides lessons for any leadership position or crisis management situation.
From a leadership book perspective, there’s nothing really new, but the chapter on post-traumatic stress provides invaluable insights into dealing with it yourself, helping others, how to avoid it and how to recover.