People-centered leadership

Our guest Philipp Sckopke, psychologist and coach, shares his knowledge about people-centered leadership with us. We discuss together how the needs of the working world have changed and how leadership has to be oriented towards them.

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In this episode, we have a special guest: Philipp Sckopke, psychologist and coach, who shares his extensive knowledge of human-centered leadership with us. Together we discuss how the needs of the working world have changed and how leadership needs to be oriented towards them.

Different forms of leadership

Whereas transformational and charismatic leadership used to be discussed very widely, today the focus is much more on servant leadership. It is much more about the people who are being led. So-called authentic leadership is also an interesting development. According to this, the leader does not have to fulfill a certain role and act or pretend in order to create a certain image, but it is about showing real emotions. This has the advantage that the people being led identify much more strongly with the leader. It is also good for the leader to act in congruence with his or her own person.

Purpose and needs

When it comes to meeting the needs as a leader, you can't avoid having to offer people a Purpose. According to Philipp and also through Sebastian's experience, the purpose of a job is much more important today than it used to be. If you look at Pavlov's pyramid of needs, for example, the basic needs are in many cases covered by the activity. In particular, the "War for Talents", i.e. the shortage of trained specialists, makes managers offer their leaders more than a secure economic basis. A purpose, a vision, a mission of the company can make the difference here and bind leaders more strongly, as well as create a more positive and productive working environment.

This podcast episode is an insight for all leaders who want to expand their understanding of leadership and create an appreciative and people-centered work culture.

The data situation

Philipp gives us an insight into leadership research, a fairly well researched field. Collecting the data is not always that easy because companies don't necessarily give it out. Nevertheless, there are some research approaches in the field of business psychology. The challenge here is to derive generalizations and identify regularities. Companies are very different, industries are extremely diverse. The individual approaches, theories and concepts are also different and cannot be applied in every context. Basically, however, one can say that results are there. Learning from these and drawing conclusions would be useful in the future in order to provide managers with concrete approaches.

This podcast episode is an insight for all leaders who want to expand their understanding of leadership and create an appreciative and people-oriented work culture. Be inspired by Philipp Schopke's expertise and learn how to take your leadership practices to a new level.‍


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Lisa