What is the one character quality that has been most critical to Kirsten Wolberg's leadership success? Courage.
What is the one character quality that has been most critical to Kirsten Wolberg’s leadership success? Courage.
How would you advise others about the importance of taking risks as a leader?
It's critical to take risks as a leader. If you are going to be a leader, you are going to be put into situations that are inherently difficult and risky and having courage. I think if I were to state, what is the one character quality that I have that has served me best as a leader? It's my courage. I mean, flat out, bar none courage, and it's what I try to teach -- I have two daughters, two amazing daughters, now a senior in college and a graduating senior in high school.
Congratulations. You have two graduates.
Yes. And I have told them, listen in your life I always want you to be fearless. Ask yourself the question, is it possible that someone is going to die as a result of whatever this is? If the answer to that is yes, under no circumstances do you take that risk.
Or will you be arrested for doing this? Don't do that either.
I have an activist child, so I know in my life, she will be arrested. So, but other than that, there are very few things that are unrecoverable and you have to take risks in life to grow. You have to take risks in life to achieve big things. The big things that we are going to achieve in our lives are not going to be achieved by taking small steps, by being safe. It's just not going to happen. And so I had an aspiration for myself. I had very big aspirations for myself. And as a mother, I have huge, even huger aspirations for my children. And so I think that that having courage is the emotion is the embodiment of leadership because so many of the things you do take courage and being able to go into them with that kind of the strength that courage gives you is really, really important.
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