7 Questions for Arndt Kempen and Frank Strathus

1. Which quote touches you most and why?

Arndt Kempen (AK): “I have learned that people will forget what you say and forget what you do, but they will never forget the feeling you gave them.” (Maya Angelou). This sums it up for me: if you want to create and lead effectively, you have to deal with your feelings and the feelings of others in a professional manner.

2. What do you think is necessary to become or be successful?

Frank Strathus (FS): Passion for what I do, so that I can better deal with ups and downs and learn from them. Goals and the way I achieve them are important. Essential, in my opinion, are health, freedom, a certain zest for life, and especially the quality of social relationships.

3. Can you always rely on your gut feeling?

FS: Absolutely. One’s gut feeling is important. Along with family and friends, it is an important, but above all direct and incorruptible corrective. Since there is no such thing as emotion-free thinking, the perception and weighting of one’s own gut feeling is an essential factor critical to success.

4. What do you value about your profession?

AK: My passion is helping people effectively navigate their leadership and collaboration challenges. In our human-centered consulting, coaching and qualification concepts, I have the opportunity to live out my passion in a variety of ways.

5. who or what inspires you?

FS: We live in an age of necessary and meaningful cooperation in order to be able to solve the often complex challenges at all. That is why I am inspired by people who ask questions, listen, courageously take the first step and integrate instead of polarizing. People who exemplify their own values in the best possible way.

6. What is good leadership for you?

FS: Good leadership starts with constant self-reflection. Leadership means empowering others to be successful. I can only succeed if I behave authentically and consistently, manage conflicts and emotions constructively, and shape relationships and situations proactively. Good leadership is respectful and appreciative.

7. Why is creating psychological safety for a team an essential leadership task, especially in times of crisis?

AK: Psychological safety is a precursor to adaptive, innovative performance, which employees and leaders need in today’s rapidly changing environment. By setting the tone for team climate through their own actions, leaders have the strongest influence on the psychological safety of their teams.