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Leadership Development: Why We Need It and Why It Is Important

As a CEO, I am brutally aware that we live in an ever-changing world where technological and societal change brings advantages and challenges in unison. Companies demand plenty of skillsets to tackle these shifts and attain success in their industries. Leadership skills are undoubtedly crucial, yet Leadership Development often gets too little focus. Why Do …

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Management By Walking Around Explained By a CEO

Management by Walking Around is a very beneficial concept for leaders. I have used it to great effect during my CEO career, where it has contributed to driving employee engagement extraordinarily fast, as I will share with you in this article. What is Management By Walking Around? Management By Walking Around (MBWA) is a strategy …

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How to Improve Leadership Communication Skills?

I have been a leader for more than fifteen years at this point. The most significant number of people I have led so far is about 1000 – 1200 people in a company for which I was the CEO. Communication has always been an integral part of my leadership, and I continuously strive to improve …

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How do leaders influence organizational culture? – CEO Reflections #12

I have seen both good and bad organizational cultures during my career as a business leader. I have been affected by them and I have affected them. Once, I got the opportunity to really embark on a culture change journey in the role as CEO. In this article, I will describe how leaders influence organizational …

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How to create a Leadership Development Plan: All You Need to Know

As soon as you graduate from college, you’re extremely likely to settle for an entry-level job in your ideal career field. You spend a good amount of time proving yourself to be a professional while also gaining a ton of experience in the process. Now it’s time to work your way up to leadership positions. …

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Why should leaders always speak last? – CEO Reflections #11

Perhaps you recognize this saying from a video, article or magazine. Perhaps it’s the first time you are hearing about it. Over my 15 year long international leadership career I have participated in countless meetings, ranging from informal team chats to management team meetings and board reviews. This experience has left me with a very …

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How to check in with remote employees – CEO Reflections #10

Do you have direct reports or team members working in a remote location? Do you meet one on one once a month, every two months, or even less? Even if you meet on a weekly basis, it can be important to create good communication channels to stay connected with each other. Since I have worked …

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6 tips on how to host team meetings in multiple time zones? – CEO Reflections #9

I have found myself having direct reports or team members in multiple time zones several times during my career. In some cases, it has just been one to three hours. In other cases, it has been six or seven hours and all the way up to a thirteen-hour time difference. Since I have worked in …

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Is empathy important in leadership? – CEO Reflections #7

Empathy is important in leadership since leaders really need to understand what their followers need and want. The better a leader knows his or her followers, the easier it will be to inspire, motivate, coach, and guide them. The empathy skills of a leader positively correlate with his or her performance. It is possible to …

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How do you spend your time as a leader? – CEO Reflections #6

For the sake of productivity, I regularly monitor how I spend my time as outlined in the book “The Effective Executive”. The method described by Peter Drucker in his book The Effective Executive essentially means you keep a time study of and for yourself. If applicable, you could have someone else with insight into your …

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