Interpersonal Leadership: An Applied Guide offers two major benefits. On the one hand, it provides a systematic and very thorough overview of over a century worth of leadership research. On the other, it provides a systematic introduction to key leader responsibilities and effective leader behaviors that, combined with a strong focus on the influence of intercultural differences and a multitude of practical tips and helpful tools, are of great value for beginning and experienced leaders alike in today's increasingly globalized economy.
The book starts out with an introduction to the practice and field of leadership, including a discussion of its definition, nature, and impact. Following this, the evolution of leadership research and theory is traced in order to provide background on why we are where we are today. A next chapter deals with the traits and behaviors of effective leaders, followed by one about the primary leader responsibilities and competencies. A chapter each is also dedicated to leading across borders and cultures and to fundamental leadership principles and classic leadership mistakes. Finally, the important topic of leadership development is examined.
The contents, although based on a very thorough review of the extant literature, are heavily influenced by the author's substantial leadership experience, which spans more than thirty years in the military and the private and public sectors. Additionally, they reflect his extensive interactions with executives around the globe, both during projects and while teaching on various Executive MBA and Master of Science programs.
What makes this book unique is the combination of academic rigor and ease-of-use, together with a number of new and innovative concepts about leadership and many helpful examples, tips, and tools as well as a range of illustrative exercises.
About the Author
He was born in 1973 near Berne, Switzerland, and spent most of his childhood in the Upper and Lower Toggenburg regions of Eastern Switzerland, enjoying outdoor activities with his brothers and friends and reading everything that came his way. Starting work as a paper boy at age 11, he bought his first computer that same year and soon taught himself to program in several computer languages. From there on, video games were also among his hobbies, yet as a keen boy scout he still spent a lot of time in the woods. He also began to work part-time for a local small business in an administrative role.
After completing secondary education, he enrolled in a commercial school before moving to the United States, where he earned a high school diploma. After returning to Switzerland for his mandatory military service, he switched back and forth between active and reserve duty, eventually both acquiring a Master's in International Management from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and becoming a Mustang officer and platoon leader after having served as an infantry squad leader. He then resumed work in the private sector as an IT consultant and software trainer. After graduation, he co-founded a custom software development company and ran it for several years before joining a medium-sized service company in Zurich, Switzerland's commercial center, eventually rising to a board-level position. At the same time, he completed his doctorate in international business after a lengthy and occasionally painful development process of almost six years. During that period, he began to teach part time at a local university and caught the academic bug that would later lead him to enter academia full time.
Continuing his military career in the peculiar Swiss dual-track system, he served as an infantry company commander and gained experience in security and disaster relief missions. He was selected for the Swiss Army's elite general staff academy after a grueling selection process. Having successfully completed this extremely demanding training, he served in the intelligence section of a divisional staff before assuming command of an infantry battalion with, at the time, over 1,500 soldiers assigned to it. After this intensive but highly rewarding period, he returned to divisional staff, ultimately rising to head the operations section (G3) as a full colonel.
He joined the Zurich University of Applied Science's School of Management and Law as a senior lecturer and later served as Chief of Staff and Vice Dean. After leading his business school's successful effort to achieve AACSB accreditation, he is now the director of the Department of International Business and head of the International Management Institute. A professor of international business, he has taught and worked on projects around the world:. in the USA and Canada, Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Gulf region, Hungary, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Serbia.
He now lives in Winterthur and enjoys spending time with his family, sports (particularly outdoors), reading and writing, and listening to and creating music.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction to Leadership
2 The Evolution of Leadership Theory
3 Traits and Behaviors of Effective Leaders
4 Primary Leader Responsibilities and Competencies
5 Leading Across Borders And Cultures
6 Common Leadership Principles and Mistakes
7 Organizational Leadership Development
8 Wrap-Up: Interpersonal Leadership in a Nutshell
Annex 1 References
Annex 2 Index
Annex 3 Chapter Check Question Sample Answers
Annex 4 Exercise Sample Solutions
Annex 5 Forms and Templates