Nancy Koehn, “Face Forward: Leading Courageously in Crisis" (FAN Event)

The Family Action Network is delighted to welcome back Nancy Koehn, Ph.D., the James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Prof. Koehn is an esteemed historian whose research focuses on courageous leadership, and how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact. Her most recent book is Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times. Prof. Koehn was a huge FAN audience favorite, delivering a stunning talk in 2017.  Register for this event HERE. 

**Purchase Forged in Crisis from The Book Stall, and you will be invited to a special After-Hours meeting with the author!

For this FAN webinar, Koehn will present critical tools, insights, and behaviors for leading courageously in crisis. She will examine several “rules of the road” for helping you, your team, and other followers navigate through the Covid-19 crisis, the consequent economic fallout, and the campaign for justice and equality. Koehn will offer lessons from iconic crisis leaders in history, such as Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Ernest Shackleton, and Rachel Carson, and will conclude by exploring how to lead for the next stage of this multi-phase crisis and how to take care of yourself in this context.

About the Book:  "Five gritty leaders whose extraordinary passion and perseverance changed history...a gripping read on a timeless and timely topic" --Angela Duckworth, #1 bestselling author of Grit

This enthralling historical narrative is filled with critical leadership insights. Forged in Crisis 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.

Whether it's read as a repository of great insight or as exceptionally rendered human drama, Forged in Crisis stands as a towering achievement.

About the AuthorNancy 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 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Business Forum An accomplished author and scholar (she earned her MA and PhD degrees in history from Harvard), she spent ten years writing Forged in Crisis, her first book aimed at a popular audience. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, and is a dedicated equestrian.

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
Forged in Crisis: The Making of Five Courageous Leaders Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501174452
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - May 15th, 2018


“Five gritty leaders whose extraordinary passion and perseverance changed history…a gripping read on a timeless and timely topic” —Angela Duckworth, #1 bestselling author of Grit

An enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights, Forged in Crisis, by celebrat