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Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
Nancy Koehn

Classification : Business, Management & Economics
Pub Date : Oct 15, 2017
Imprint : John Murray
Page Extent : 528
Binding : TPB
ISBN : 9781473674707
Price : 699
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An enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers--including those in government, business, education, and the arts--Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson. What do such disparate figures have in common? Why do their extraordinary stories continue to amaze and inspire? In delivering the answers to those questions, Nancy Koehn offers a remarkable template by which to judge those in our own time to whom the public has given its trust. She begins each of the book's five sections by showing her protagonist on the precipice of a great crisis: Shackleton marooned on an Antarctic ice floe; Lincoln on the verge of seeing the Union collapse; escaped slave Douglass facing possible capture; Bonhoeffer agonizing over how to counter absolute evil with faith; Carson racing against the cancer ravaging her in a bid to save the planet. The narrative then reaches back to each person's childhood and shows the individual growing--step by step--into the person he or she will ultimately become. Significantly, as we follow each leader's against-all-odds journey, we begin to glean an essential truth: leaders are not born but made. In a book dense with epiphanies, the most galvanizing one may be that the power to lead courageously resides in each of us. Both a repository of great insight and an exceptionally rendered human drama, Forged in Crisis stands as a towering achievement.

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'Vividly shows the qualities shared by five of history's greatest leaders - and how we can all tap into those same qualities to overcome challenges and confront crises in our own lives' Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
'As important and inspiring as it is urgent' Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and three-term mayor of New York
'The most important, coherent, values-based, servant leadership book I've ever read' Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks

'A close analysis of five gritty leaders whose extraordinary passion and perseverance changed history . . . a gripping read on a timeless and timely topic!' Angela Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit

     
Nancy Koehn
Nancy Koehn is an historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. She has coached leaders from many organizations and speaks frequently...(+)