Does an empowering leadership style, aimed at getting the best out of all the people employed, get the best business returns? In many ways, it is an illogical question to ask. It makes perfect sense that engaging people across the organisation with strong leadership is always going to create the strongest asset of any company.
One of the most popular bloggers in Norway is also one of the country’s most outstanding business leaders, Anita Krohn Traaseth, head of Innovation Norway and, until recently, head of Hewlett Packard Norway. I had the privilege to meet her in London recently at her book launch, and was so inspired that I wanted to share her dazzlingly honest and straightforward approach to business leadership. It is Level 4/5 leadership in action – humanistic, inspirational and daring (as described in Chapter 4 of my new book The Management Shift), so I’ve sought to bottle it and present it here in this blog.