The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus shows how organization leaders take risks. Columbus was confronted by complex situations and people challenged him to prove his theories. In 1492, C. started a journey that began as a crazy thought but became an historical change to the world. This journey and the antecedents can be extrapolated to organizations, showing leadership and a cognitive decision process.
Columbus showed acts of immense courage that were done through risk taking,
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human enemies might be met with on the way" (Wilcox, 1977, p.31). Many times organizations do not know how long critical situations are going to last due to wrong market projections, small budgets and speculation from competitors so they have to utilize new strategies to succeed.
Finally this case exemplifies how leadership takes an important place in success that was accomplished through rational thinking, ambition and risk taking, which is a natural cycle, that organizations experience.