Leadership Travel Guide Newsletter by Heiko Spallek

The Leadership Travel Guide reflects on the countless aspects of becoming better at managing people and a more effective (and liked) leader. It provides first-hand guidance on what works and how it can be applied in leadership positions ranging from being the executive of a large company, running a team in a hierarchical organization, heading a small research lab, chairing a committee of peers, raising your teenage kids, or just leading yourself—arguably the most important leadership task.

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My personal journey

When I was 19 years old, I took on my first, forced upon me, leadership position—in the most inefficient, useless and ultimately doomed organization imaginable, the East German military. I have learned a lot about what doesn’t work. All changed for me when the Berlin Wall fell, literally 50 meters away from where I studied dentistry in Berlin, allowing me to thrive from thereon.

Now three decades later, I have worked on three continents in various leadership positions ranging from commercial enterprises to academia providing me with a modest appreciation of the differences and the similarities of various roles, cultures and industries. Always being positioned at the intersection of health and technology connected me with the vastly different world views of entrepreneurs in the technology, medical doctors in private practice, researchers at universities, health policy makers in government and educators in the academe.

Based on this vast experience, I started informally sharing my own lessons learned on leadership with mentees, colleagues and other leaders. Eventually, I was asked to give speeches and seminars on the topic. Encouraged by feedback from attendees of seminars, my mentees and former and current students, I have started the weekly Leadership Travel Guide Newsletter on the essentials that have guided me on my journey.

The Leadership Travel Guide Newsletter provides first-hand guidance on what works and how it can be applied in leadership positions ranging from being the executive of a large company, running a team in a hierarchical organization, heading a small research lab, chairing a committee of peers, raising your teenage kids, or just leading yourself—arguably the most important leadership task.

Thanks for reading.

Heiko



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