Knowing When to Take a Leadership Role

In my work, it's crucial to know when to lead and when not to lead.

Back in 2007, I was several years out of a graduate school program in environmental economics and I was working in private sector consulting focused on land use and market-based land conservation. I was eager to learn about conservation issues that different countries and cultures were facing.

I was attracted to the global perspective that Kinship Conservation Fellows offered. My hope was that learning about the conservation challenges faced in these vastly different areas would help me think more creatively about the issues I was working on in the United States.

As a supervisor of the Mitigation Credit Program, I oversee $10 million worth of mitigation credit sales to the private and public sectors. Working in the government sector, I work closely with elected officials who hold decision making power. In this environment, it is crucial to know when to lead and when not to lead. The Kinship leadership training gave me great insight into knowing when it's the right time.

Kinship afforded me the opportunity to take a step back and learn about the challenges that others are trying to solve in different countries with different levels of protection and governmental regulations. After spending a month with Fellows from across the world, I left with a much deeper breadth of understanding. This helped me to be a more creative problem solver on the conservation issues I am working on at home.