Follow Me: Leading From The Front
How to use military leadership to succeed in business
- ISBN: 978-1-908518-47-7
- Published: 16th May 2017
Kim Kristensen has been in some of the most demanding situations a leader can experience. As an officer in the Danish Army, he led soldiers into battle many times, where taking decisions was literally a matter of life and death. Later, he applied his experiences of leadership to the worlds of business, local government and diplomacy, as well as at the Danish Royal Court, where he currently serves as Master of Ceremonies. Leadership – especially during difficult periods – means having the courage to put yourself on the front lines, choose a direction and say: follow me!
The power of example is unmistakeable, writes Kristensen. He believes you have to lead from the front. You have to go first. Knowing that you’ll be there in both good times and bad – not just at the office party but also when the going gets tough – engenders trust and confidence among your employees. Basing his observations on his own experience, Kristensen also offers a range of effective tools to create a unique strategy with a consistent focus on tough training and putting together a dream team. This is the foundation of world-class leadership. The book also takes issue with ‘Rambo-style’ leadership and rigid discipline. Kristensen’s provocative message is this: you’ve got to love your employees. Ultimately, they are the ones who get results, and only when they know you care about them will they be willing to follow you through fire and water. The “New Nordic Leadership” is the new leadership mindset. Follow it.
“One of my arguments is leaders should always be present during difficult times. I often hear CEOs make excuses regarding their absence when something bad happens. Explanations like, ‘I needed to take care of the board members and the press,’ which is a lie, they just lack the courage. If your employees know that you will be there in good and especially in bad times, you’ll build credibility. If you don’t show you truly care, people won’t accept your leadership. When things get difficult, they won’t follow you” – Kim Kristensen