Knight’s 10-year service as a Navy helicopter pilot began to shape his understanding of leadership. From tackling 24-hour tasking events alongside fellow service members to teaching advanced leadership theory at the collegiate level, Knight left the Navy with a burning passion for helping others reach their fullest potential.
Having seen the limitations of teaching leadership in a traditional classroom, Knight knew outdoor activities would be a perfect place for leaders to grow. While working on a Management PhD at George Washington University, he applied for a 30-day Instructor Course in Alaska with NOLS, which changed his outlook on leadership. After completing his course and becoming a NOLS instructor, Knight realized the value of authentic personal relationships and a community of leaders who inspire, support, and grow through shared adventure. He switched gears and earned an Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate at Georgetown University.
Today, Knight is the CEO and Lead Guide of Cairn Leadership Strategies. He takes entrepreneurs, adventurers, and business executives outdoors, tapping into the profound ways nature brings clarity and peace — two things all leaders require.