Navigating the turbulence, she said, is all about leadership. “We don’t need more information. We need leaders who can translate information into knowledge, knowledge into understanding, and understanding into wisdom so we can make smart choices.” For Koehn, effective leadership is all and allows us to overcome our own limitations.
She cautioned that the search for leaders must come from within. With all the turbulence today, companies do not want to hire people, nurture them and create energy around them just to see them leave. Today, leaders who grow up within an organization, who are indoctrinated into the mission are most desirable.
She believes that leaders in all walks of life are made not born and said that leadership is a product of experiences, a situation that calls for leadership and an individual deciding to lead. She put forth two examples: President Abraham Lincoln and Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
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