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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns explains why all leaders should study history

Ken Burns

By Jenna Goudreau (original source Business Insider Australia)

In today’s rapidly evolving world, business leaders spend most of their time looking forward. But they shouldn’t forget to look back.

That’s according to Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who has directed “The Roosevelts” and “The Civil War.” In an interview with the Harvard Business Review, he discusses the importance of learning about history.

“Business leaders ought to study history,” Burns said. “You can’t possibly know where you are or where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”

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