Leadership as Mastery: The Finnish Way

Asko Känsälä

Original title: Johtajasta mestariksi

Author: Asko Känsälä

Published: 2023

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: General Nonfiction

Pages: 174

Reading material:

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Lead like a Finn! The Finnish way of leadership combines art and craftsmanship, like the great Finnish master architect Alvar Aalto.

What does craftsmanship have to do with leadership? What makes a company beautiful? Asko Känsälä spent his career building successful businesses and coaching new leaders. He has refined his leadership experience of more than 20 years into a vision of leadership as a craft.

Growing up as a leader is like a craftsman’s lifelong path from apprentice to professional. Leadership is a way of thinking, and good leadership is good thinking. Leadership as Mastery: The Finnish Way presents the thinking patterns, tools of the leader-craftsman that good leadership requires.

Inspiring and humane, this book offers a new perspective on leadership, success in the business world, and a better working life.

Leadership is often thought of as a quality of the individual, but in this LEADERSHIP AS MASTERY we learn it is more of an art form to be mastered. We develop to be an exceptional leader through cycles of practice and reflection, just like the mastery of any other complex skill.

– Jeffrey K. Liker, PhD, author of international bestseller The Toyota Way (26 languages, over 1 million copies sold), Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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ESTONIA: Ühinenud Ajakirjad

About author

Asko Känsälä

Asko Känsälä (b. 1957) is a Finnish business builder and leader with a successful career as deputy CEO in the Finnish market leading telecommunication and digital services company Elisa; coach, investor, and grandfather to 10 grandchildren. He is passionate about inspirational leadership and has worked in manufacturing industry, public administration, banking, and ICT, as well as for four years in Japan.


2023, General Nonfiction

Asko Känsälä

Leadership as Mastery: The Finnish Way