We currently see leadership models arising like Leadership Agility or the leadership levels of the Kanban Maturity Model. Both of these models have in common that personal development is the key to becoming a better leader. Because these models define levels of maturity, I have some mixed feelings.

It’s All About Maturity Levels

The models…


Since 2016, I saw many Kanban boards popping up in every company I was working at. Kanban is still a trend, and it seems to have evolved into what Scrum used to be in the years from 2002 until 2010: the one cool thing that solves all our problems.

I…


You may know several companies that tried out lean-agile practices like Scrum or Kanban, and it didn’t work out. Then, everyone says that in the good old waterfall-ish days, everything used to be way better, the new frameworks are malfunctioning, or agile approaches are not suited because the given company…


Tortuguero, Costa Rica, 2015. The photo was taken and edited by Boris Karl Schlein.

You may know the situation when there is some brand new buzzword coming just around the corner. A couple of months or years later, everybody in your company says that the term is burned. …


Lago di Garda, Italy, 2016. The photo was taken and edited by Boris Karl Schlein.

In my last article, Leadership: Breaking with the Path of Taylorism, I wrote that, from a leadership perspective, we are stuck with the ideas of Taylorism. Therefore corporations fail to establish appropriate leadership. I wrote that this development has begun in the early 20th century. Well, I was a bit…


Ulva, Scotland, 2015. The photo was taken and edited by Boris Karl Schlein.

I am continually asking myself the following question: Why do people applaud the same simple pictures and infographics about leadership posted on LinkedIn again, and again? My first article, Leadership: History Matters, concluded that leadership know-how does not find its way into our corporations. …


Obersee, Bavaria, Germany, 2015. The photo was taken and edited by Boris Karl Schlein.

Have you seen the last shared posts by one of your LinkedIn contacts showing the difference between a boss and a leader? You sure know these pictures:

  1. There are these infographics of the n (n > 0) most essential differences between a boss and a leader.
  2. Pictures in which, on…

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