Stephan Thoma was responsible for learning & development at Google and now advises mostly European companies embracing the Silicon Valley spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. He gave an inspiring talk to a group of leadership professionals gathered by Circleradius. He confirmed the common beliefs about leadership at the GAFA’s (Google, Amazon, Facebook & Apple) & NATU’s (Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla & Uber) of this world. It’s about culture & purpose.

“Leadership at Google was recognized in two ways. First of all, it’s all about the followers. Leaders typically had an idea, found a first follower and managed to create a tribe. Secondly, leaders were those people who stood up to flawed projects or elephants in the room. They show[...]

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