Book review: We Are All Leaders

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by Fredrik Arnander

We Are All Leaders
We Are All Leaders

Fredrik Arnander is a serial tech entrepreneur who has written a book for those who work in small and medium-size organisations.

Ditch the old books on leadership, he argues: they promote the outmoded view that there is room for only a few leaders at the top of an organisation, who dispense orders from the top down.

Instead, everyone working in a small organisation needs to think like a leader, no matter what their role is or whether they have a natural proclivity for leadership or not. We can all be "mindset leaders" - these do not have a formal leadership title. Instead, they take on responsibility and cultivate their own sense of authority.

To this end, Arnander provides 100 "simple, actionable concepts" to get you on your way. For example, 22 is "keep your head cool" and 37 is "rest, restore, recharge". These seem straightforward, but others require more explanation. For example, 83 is "top line orientation" - to improve finances, would you rather cut costs and focus on the bottom line or increase revenues and focus on the top line? Think about your natural preference, then tailor activity to fit your outlook. There's no point trying to make yourself a bottom-line person if your urge is to go for growth.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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