All in Leadership Journey

No matter your race, gender, age, sexuality, disability or if you’re pregnant, everyone is entitled to equal career opportunities. This means fair allocation of jobs, a workplace that doesn’t tolerate discrimination or harassment, and the assurance that every employee is paid according to their performance. Pao’s journey shows us that we shouldn’t be discouraged after one knockback, and that speaking up against these injustices can have wide-reaching effects.

Kim Philby was a master of deception. Recruited by Soviet intelligence in Cambridge during the early 1930s, he was a cornerstone member of the famous Cambridge Five spy ring. During World War II, he managed to infiltrate MI6, later also gaining access to CIA circles in the United States. For more than 20 years, he provided the Soviet Union with crucial intelligence about the British and American secret services. In 1963, his cover was finally blown, and he fled to Moscow.

Strategic thinking boils down to one simple question: What is the desired outcome? The answer to that question helps an executive drive organizational strategy through various ways to maximize results in minimal time, maintain a bird’s-eye view of the big picture and ensure the team aligns its goals with those of the organization.

Leadership Journey: Oprah

No matter how badly you believe life is treating you, there is no real benefit to blaming the world for your problems. As Oprah did, you need to realize that it’s your responsibility – not the job of others – to bring happiness, love, encouragement and opportunities into your life.

Leadership Journey: Hot Air Balloons

Hot-air balloons shouldn’t be thought of as just something that tourists use for fancy sightseeing. They have, in fact, fired the human imagination for centuries. They have both saved lives and contributed to victories in bloody battles and given us new forms of literature and helped citizens escape from peril. They are, in short, a testament to human ingenuity and a reminder of what it took for us to take to the air.

Leadership Journey: Women at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during its formative decades, from the 1950s to the 1980s, were a vital part of a team that revolutionized rockets and space exploration. Their calculations controlled the trajectories and plotted the courses of NASA’s satellites, probes and exploratory rangers – a task similar to calculating how to shoot an arrow at a moving target from millions of miles away. In short, it was an almost superhuman feat. Now, in our more open-minded times, their accomplishments are finally getting the recognition they truly deserve.

Leadership Journey : Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was no ordinary artist. He was the prototypical Renaissance man, unashamed to dabble in many fields. In fact, part of what made him such an incredible innovator was his broad range of interests and his mastery of multiple disciplines – all of which were driven by a deep curiosity in the place occupied by humankind in nature.

Leadership Journey: John Law

The use of paper money as a cornerstone of modern economic systems has its roots in ideas first put forth by John Law. Law’s life story shows not only the downsides of modern economic systems based on paper money, but also its inherent value. While paper money can trigger economic booms, rapid downturns and economic chaos, modern economies would not run nearly as smoothly without it.

Leadership Journey: AirBnB

Before becoming the wildly successful apartment rental service it is today, Airbnb started as a creative solution by young college graduates who couldn’t afford their rent. Their innovative idea, born of necessity, eventually grew to become the most popular accommodation platform in history.

Leadership Journey: Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee’s story is a testament to human strength and the incredible power of peace and sisterhood. Despite the violence and war caused primarily by men, women like Gbowee and her fellow female activists have shown the world how steadfast and courageous they can be in building peace in the most violent of places.