(Written by Lana Van Der Spiegel – Breytenbach)
Constant innovation across all industries has become the major force determining an organisation’s future success. Pressure on business leaders to lead the change necessary in our complex and dynamic world has never been as high as it is today. A different kind of leader is called for – but do we know what this means, and how do we put our understanding of leadership into effective action to successfully achieve our goals?
In A Different Kind of Leader Janet invites us – the leaders of today and tomorrow – to join her on a journey as she navigates us through the eight chapters of her book to, in her own words, ‘…fast-track progress in your company and position’. The power of the book lies in the fact that Janet bases her deep insights and practical learnings on personal experience and extensive research gained from years of professional practice as a leader, business entrepreneur, and inspiring leadership consultant operating internationally and across all business sectors.
Her book offers a fresh, stimulating, and innovative approach to leadership as she guides the reader through the forces that are transforming the global economy and accelerating industry disruption, calling for organisational transformation and leadership change. She shares her thoughts on the profound economic and social implications of these forces, the complexities relevant to organisations and their leadership, and the urgent need to prepare for transformation and leadership change in a world of disruption.
Janet enables the reader to use models and exercises to explore their own leadership styles, learn how to develop the right leadership qualities, and transition from understanding to effective action to become dynamic and strategic leaders using constructive influence.
The book is filled with valuable ideas on how to prepare for organisational and leadership transition, and to bring about meaningful change in a fast-paced world. The reader is left energised, motivated and prepared to take on the challenges they face. It makes for powerful reading.
Lana Van Der Spiegel-Breytenbach
Lana van der Spiegel-Breytenbach has lived in South Africa and several European countries. She has worked in both the public and the private sector as a lawyer, as a senior diplomat in London and Paris, a specialist in the global intellectual property industry, and more recently as an advisor to large global corporations. She has held senior positions and directorships at South African, Finnish, American and UK multinationals.