Anders Fredriksson-Platoff, Sweden

“It’s about creating harmony between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’”.

Throughout my career, which has included being a fighter pilot, management consultant, CEO and now leadership consultant at Gaia Leadership, I have built up a great deal of experience as regards what works and what doesn’t work in various leadership situations.
For nearly fifteen years I have run a vast number of change management projects in many different industries. I would describe myself as enterprising, structured and committed. But despite being result-oriented, assertive and challenging, I never want to lose my empathy for people. My work is to make things happen, and joy/good spirits, a sense of humour and fun are a big part of this.

I began my working life as a fighter pilot in the Swedish Air Force in the late 1980s and part of my induction was Sweden’s perhaps most extensive training in self-knowledge and group dynamics. In the mid-1990s and while still an air-force officer, I gained a Masters of Engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and when I later finished my officer’s career as a flight lieutenant, I started working as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.

In 2003, I was given the opportunity to make very concrete changes to an organization when, as CEO, I was given the task to turn around the fortunes of a company in the engineering industry.

Since 2007 I have been a partner and owner at Gaia Leadership and now support managers and management groups in their efforts to make long-term improvements in leadership development, change management, control and organizational development. My work includes coaching individuals, developing groups as well as leading major change management programmes.

For me, a key part of successful leadership is creating harmony between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’, i.e. between, on the one hand, structure in the form of strategies, control models and business plans and, on the other, culture in the form of leadership, change management and cultural development. I firmly believe that the ‘hard’ can never function without the ‘soft’, but the ‘soft’ can function without the ‘hard’ – at least for a while!

Anders Fredriksson-Platoff
Partner in Gaia Leadership since 2008