Henry Kissinger on Leadership and the Difference Between History and Science
Trends and arcs in history of the future
Before we get started, here are two quick reminders.
The passion economy carnival is in Delhi tomorrow.
Prateek Jain’s cohort based course on product management is open for enrollment. Prateek graduated from Columbia Business School and leads a large team of product managers at Twilio that has a market capitalization of $18 Billion. He was recently granted the exceptional talent visa in US.
Henry Kissinger is 99 years old. Age has accelerated the pace at which he publishes. Kissinger served US army during the Second World War and subsequently held teaching positions at Harvard for 20 years. He served as the National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. There are several critics to his leadership style but that won’t stop us from learning from him. His latest book on leadership is a fascinating analysis of the definition, trends and principles of world building in ambiguous circumstances. It is relevant for leaders in government and for aspiring CEOS. Let’s dive in.
Kissinger suggests that every society is perpetually in transit between a past that forms its memory and a vision for the future that inspires its evolution. Leadership is needed to help people reach from where they are to where they have never been.