Forged in Crisis : The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Nancy Koehn
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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“A close relative of the analysis of five gravely leaders whose extraordinary passion and perseverance have changed historya grip read on a timeless and topical subjectAngela Duckworth, author of the best-selling Ten Year Grain in Writing, Forged in the Depression, by the famous Harvard Business School and historian of Davos and the Aspen Institute speaker Nancy Koehn, presents five remarkable travelogues-those of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s polar life; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; -Nazi resist pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and Crusader environment, by Rachel CWhat to do with these disparate figures that have in commonWhy make their stories speak to us so forcefully todayKoehn begins the book of five sections by showing his protagonist on the precipice of a great crisis: Shackleton stuck on an Antarctic ice floe with no hope of relief; Lincoln on the brink of collapse of the Union; Douglass threatened with a return to slavery; Bonhoeffer agonizing over what a man of faith must face with absolute evil; Carson racing against time and cancer in the hope of saving the planet; Carson’s race against time and cancer in the hope of saving the planet.Koehn then goes back to each person’s early years to show the different blooms in strength, he or she ultimately becomesThrough their obstacles, we begin to perceive an essential truth: leaders are not born, but made, and the power to lead resides in each of us.At a time when the highest positions in the country are held by experience and tested, the big question pressing on us all is: What are the skill sets needed to carry through in crisis, and can history give us answersIf read as a repository of much insight or exceptionally made human drama, riveting Forged in the Crisis appears as a huge success.
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