What was your personal path leading to the recognition of future leadership?
From the very beginning of my life I have been interested in how to make other people work together and prosper. In my teenage and younger years, I took on leader roles in sports, music and theatre. In my profession as a social worker, I have been the leader of an after school care centre for school children for 20 years. Latest on, I am a local chairman of the board in a political organisation. All of these activities have been circling around leadership one way or another.
In 2005, I began a personal leadership training course based on the wisdom and tolls of the Native Americans called Earth Wisdom. In extension to my personal training, I was certified as a Council Guide. This certification, combined with life experiences and theoretical knowledge from different areas, has shaped my life purpose into being dedicated in co-creating, transforming and evolving both the perspective of personal leadership as well as the perspective of taking leadership.
What has Earth Wisdom taught you about leadership?
– To see myself as a piece of a whole with high personal integrity and freedom at the same time. That brings peace to the self. In that state of being I am much more present, focused and powerful. I become clear and valid.
– It teaches that even though you cannot control the surrounding chaos of the world, you can always control your own energy and from that ground impact situations and surroundings. Your inner relations create your other world.
– Earth Wisdom focuses on the synergies between eight different pillars of energy in order to secure stability and balance. It provides a solid base of simple methods. These can generate great positive impacts by in creative ways combining what already exists with new ideas, reinforcing the effects.
How do you see your philosophy impacting leadership in the future?
– Spirituality will be important in the future. Focusing on individual work commitment and happy employees will not only improve personal life satisfaction, but also have great economic impact on companies. We can find inspiration in old origin cultures in the world that have a cyclical view on the world and appreciate the importance of reinvesting and understanding our physical and human resources. It can be seen as an image of a Tribal Mind, where every individual is dependent on the common and the common is dependent on every individual.
– It is important to bring in sceptical people. This relates back to the philosophy of creating balance. We need to create common ground to work from when changing leadership. Ignoring people who do not think the same as us will lead to imbalances, making a sustainable change very hard and maybe
What is your drive in leadership?
– I want to make a difference by offering the best I have. I believe that when you have the opportunity, you also have an obligation to make a positive impact. However, I do not think that I have the final solution. I want to work with corporate leaders and use their experiences in order to bridge the different approaches to leadership, combining the best from both the corporate and spiritual world.
What leaders will be successful in the future?
– The future leaders are the ones who are passionate about what they do. They want to make a change towards sustainability and equal distribution of resources in order to bring peace and balance into the world. These are the kinds of leaders I want to work with and also the ones I believe will succeed.
– The future leaders will be the ones who take responsibility of life-growing projects, production and cooperation.
– Your personality has great impact on whether you are a successful leader or not. The balance between granting freedom and leading without controlling has always been essential in my approach towards leadership.