In The Swiss Army Knife for Leaders you are inspired and challenged to follow your own path in leadership development and take others with you on this journey. To work on leadership with a positive impact on yourself and your environment. The title of this book refers to the pocket knife of Gabriel Anthonio’s grandfather; teacher, and a great coach for old and young.
This book will be a constant companion. You can pick it up anytime and read the chapters separately, according to your needs. You can gift this book to anyone you wish to encourage in developing leadership with lasting positive impact. This book speaks to the mind, but most of all to the heart.
1. THE LARGE BLADE
Major issues first. When firm and visible intervention is necessary to deal with a large-scale problem.
2. THE SMALL BLADE
Do not neglect the minor issues. When short-term and targeted intervention is required to deal with small problems with potentially large consequences.
3. THE CORKSCREW
Bring impediments to the surface. When a negative undercurrent of unspoken feelings interferes with teamwork.
4. THE SCISSORS
Matters that require practical intervention. When you want to clarify tasks, roles, and responsibilities to restore balance.
5. THE CAN OPENER
Answer the “why” question. Your story and the images you evoke in others.
6. THE PUNCH
Answer the “where to” question. Connecting your goals to those of the organization.
7. THE HOOK
Answer the “how” question. So as not to stumble on your way to your goal.
8. THE BOTTLE OPENER
The role and purpose of rituals. When you want to strengthen the bond between people.
9. THE TWEEZERS
Removing annoyances. When it is time to sort out irritating and unnecessary activities taking up more space than they should.
10. THE TOOTH PICK
Personal barriers. When there are obstacles invisible to others that you need to deal with.
About the author
Prof. dr. Gabriël Anthonio is een ervaren professional en bestuurder in de zorg, bijzonder hoogleraar aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in de sociologie van leiderschap, organisaties en duurzaamhe... Meer