Nancy Koehn, a Harvard historian, recently published a book titled Forged in Crisis that tells the stories of leaders, faced with tremendous challenges and hardships who manage through them with inner strength, perseverance and determination. The book reminds readers that despite impossible odds, failures and fear, people can find renewed strength and resilience to carry on, no matter what challenges they face.
Of course we aren’t facing anything like the problems of the leaders she describes in her book, but, Covid-19 and the experience of loss bring unique challenges all their own. We may not be leading teams or governments but we are leading ourselves through this crisis, so perhaps some lessons from the book can offer inspiration and hope as we navigate the future.
Here are a few takeaways – do you agree or disagree with these points? Let us know in the comments below:
If you’d like to learn a little bit more about Nancy Koehn and her book, check out this YouTube video – it’s almost an hour long so you will need some time to view it, but it is an interesting walk through the lives of leaders who were facing their own crises and found ways to overcome and thrive.
All of these thoughts, words and deeds, are so very true. Indeed these actions can fulfill our lives in more ways than we would ever expect!