Forged in Crisis
The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
Where else can you find five compelling leadership cases—Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson—all in the same book? This new study by Harvard Business School professor, Nancy Koehn, compares people whose leadership qualities were “forged” through turbulent times. She writes, “once they were in the middle of calamity . . . they couldn’t give up. Rather, each resolutely navigated through the storm and was transformed.”
Each stand-alone chapter provides an engrossing biography, tying it to the critical times that shaped the individual’s leadership growth.
For those of us committed to teaching through historical example, this book is a treasure. The lessons are ones we have preached for years—the power of vision over personal goals; the importance of strong, persuasive communications; the need for resilience. Koehn also emphasizes the importance of empathy and compassion that these five leaders felt and exhibited. “Part of the reason that these five ordinary people could do extraordinary things was that they led from their humanity. They used their personal experience, particularly their empathy, to help motivate and sustain others.”
Have you been lamenting your workplace stress, with so many fires to put out daily that you have no time to lead? Then pick up the biography of Shackleton or Carson or the others in this book. You may find yourself re-charged and inspired to go “at it” with renewed faith.
Or call us for a leadership program that helps your staff come to terms with their own turbulent times. Through colorful stories and inspiring leaders, we can help your team see their challenges in perspective and re-energize for the new year. Check these program options: http://www.tigrettleadershipacademy.com/multi-day-programs.html.
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