Get to know Kate Knuth

Q. How would you describe your leadership style?
A. I most recently ran a leadership development program, so I might think too much about this questionOne of my most important leadership values is being connected to my place, or home, when I act as a leader. Leadership is all about we and us, so day-to-day I’d say I listen to what people care about and need. I then try to synthesize this information to connect folks to the broader vision of the work that needs to be done and make connections across organizations and community. In trying to make change, I draw tools from a few leadership theories – adaptive leadership, integrative leadership and system leadership. If someone wants to talk leadership approaches, let’s have lunch!

Q. What interested you the most about working for the City?
A. Society faces some big challenges connected to how we live together in diverse communities on an increasingly crowded planet. Cities are not only where we will meet these challenges, they are where we will thrive in the face of them. The opportunity to work on these challenges, in the city I call home, in a new role as the chief resilience officer, is amazing. I’m so glad to be here.

Q. What’s your favorite place for lunch in Minneapolis?
A. I’m new to working in downtown Minneapolis, so I’m looking for recommendations. I am guessing I’ll love either bringing a packed lunch or stopping at a food truck and having lunch in The Commons park. On the weekends I like to stop by my neighborhood coffee shop, Cuppa Java in Bryn Mawr.

Q. What music are you listening to lately?
A. I have a baby, and I listen to the sound of waves from a sound machine when I put her to bed every night. Not really music, but it’s relaxing.

Q. Do you have any favorite quotes?
A. "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." – Nelson Mandela

There is a Norwegian saying, “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær,” which translates as “There is no bad weather, just bad clothes.” As a Minnesotan who likes to get outside, I agree. Except for terrible storms, of course.

Q. What’s your favorite color and why?
A. Orange. It makes me happy. I’d say orange is more than just my favorite color.

Q. What’s your favorite book?
A. There are so many good books. One of my most prized possessions is a copy of ant biologist E. O. Wilson’s “Naturalist “ in which he drew an ant, named it after me, and signed his name. Ants are my favorite animal.


Published Jun 27, 2017



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