Defense executive explains the benefits of “innovative” leadership
Sarah Hess, west coast director of the Silicon Valley Defense Group, and an investor/operator at Lux Capital joins host Aileen Black on this week’s Leaders and Legends.
Throughout Hess’ career she has focused on national security and leveraging innovative technologies. In her work, she has helped the US and its allies secure democracy through innovation. Previously, she served as deputy lead to launch the NATO Innovation Fund, a venture capital fund modeled off of In-Q-Tel
During the interview, Hess said the best leaders for new innovative startups are persistent and ” will run through walls towards a pursuit”.
When talking about cultures and leadership styles, she said those who lead with empathy make it easy for their teams to be effective. When talking about cultures and leadership styles, Hess said those who lead with empathy make their teams more effective. Early in her career at the CIA, she said empathetic leadership made it easier for her team to accomplish its mission and goals.
Hess also offered some advice for the next generation of leaders saying “don’t be afraid to try something new”, because new challenges will help you grow.