Bodo Janssen, born in 1974, is not only an experienced entrepreneur, but also a philosophical thinker and author of several bestsellers such as “The Quiet Revolution” and “Strong in Stormy Times”.

After the tragic loss of his father, he took over the management of the family hotel business and came across challenging results during an employee survey. This led him to make an impressive decision: he spent a year and a half in a monastery to find inner reflection and returned with the clear goal of creating an authentic corporate culture in which every employee can live their individual values.

“The New Leadership” is divided into two parts that guide the reader through a journey of awareness and action orientation:

The first part, “Creating Awareness”, opens with an in-depth look at the challenges of our time, from societal changes to the principles of leadership and self-leadership. Janssen reflects on toxic leadership, the influence of New Work Inflation and the connection between business and spirituality. This section raises awareness of the need not only to lead, but also to develop the willingness to be led.

The second part, “Making Resolutions, Taking Action”, goes beyond awareness and leads the reader into concrete action. Here, Janssen talks about developing transformational skills, the importance of justice, building trust and the resilience needed to survive disappointment. He outlines the “transformation turbo of trust” and emphasises the right balance in the leadership process. Topics such as community life, successful relationships, finding meaning and concrete resolutions are analysed.

Bodo Janssen’s writing style is clear, accessible and imbued with deep personal conviction. He combines wisdom, entrepreneurial experience and philosophical reflection to make complex topics understandable. His clear language makes the book accessible to managers and employees alike.

Personally, I think “The New Leadership” is a remarkable read. Bodo Janssen offers not only theoretical concepts, but also practical guidance for a successful transformation in leadership culture. His emphasis on the reciprocal role of leading and being led gives the book a unique perspective. I therefore strongly recommend it to all those who are not only in leadership positions, but also to those who want to develop their own leadership skills and self-leadership.

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