Finding Your Passion
While it’s no surprise that conservation leaders revealed a deep and enduring personal passion for the natural world, they also embodied a strong personal connection and commitment to the places where they work—whether it is their place of birth or an island, state, country or region they adopted as their home. These leaders also had an appetite for hard work, long hours, facing challenges, and achieving results, which fueled their stellar careers.
Some leaders recommend specializing in science and technical fields through the highest education possible. Others place the highest value on critical communication, collaboration and leadership skills that make change happen. Many other fields also contribute to successful conservation, including business, finance, and social marketing. Several leaders recommended conservation planning as a great way to learn early in your career while contributing significantly. Regardless, all agree on the importance of “going deep,” seeking excellence and building expertise that leads to solutions.