I was born and raised with my brother in a normal middle-class family of Italian origin in Germany, near Stuttgart.
During high school, I had almost no drive and completed it by just doing the bare minimum.
Almost ten years passed now and I cannot recognise my old self anymore.
After high school, I travelled for 18 months through Australia and New Zealand and an encounter with an entrepreneur from Auckland in 2011 completely changed my life upside-down.
I started working in his digital marketing agency and this way found a way into the business world.
I was fascinated how this impacted my life.
Instead of going to parties, I read business books until late into the night.
By now, I have read a countless number of the best-rated business books in the world, but I am jumping ahead.
I worked hard and soon was able to move from a hostel to Auckland’s premier apartment building The Statesman Apartments at 1 Parliament Street.
I was living a good life but felt a thirst for more knowledge.
This led me back home to Germany to enrol into a bachelor’s programme in International Business and Management.
I found inspiration and decided to fully pursue it.
After not being able to find what I was looking for in Germany, I enrolled into a bachelor’s programme in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
As soon as I started, I felt that I could do more than just studying and became the Founder and CEO of ThinkTwice.
We sold rubber preservatives to students and sponsored safer sex workshops in South Africa.
I am proud that we created a return of investment, while supporting a good cause.
I also made a lot of leadership mistakes but gained a tremendous of insights from this tough year-long experience.
Afterwards, I started a corporate job in project management at Mercedes-Benz in Germany, while still attending my bachelor’s programme.
It was a great experience to work with ambitious professionals and learn valuable practical skills.
When I went back to Amsterdam, I decided to start a new organisation and became the Founder and President of Awaken&More.
We were a non-profit consultancy specialised in business services for non-profit and social enterprises.
I appreciated what I learned in my corporate job because it increased my understanding of how organisational processes lead to results.
It was very tough but also rewarding to lead and grow a new organisation in the heart of Amsterdam and partner up with EY Netherlands.
In hindsight, it sounds quite easy but it required a lot of effort and time to start and grow a new organisation.
Although Awaken&More was growing fast, I did not feel ready to be a full-time entrepreneur and therefore, handed over my presidency to a board member to start a corporate life to gain specialised knowledge.
Over the next two years, I worked in project management roles at Siemens Healthineers, again at Mercedes-Benz, and then at Porsche.
These experiences gave me the important understanding of how processes and systems ensure effectivity and efficiency.
All my frameworks, models, and processes are heavily influenced by the processual thinking I developed at my corporate jobs.
Master your thoughts and you will master the world.
During this time, I also volunteered at JOBLINGE as a refugee mentor and helped a refugee over a period of six months to find new employment.
I was amazed by how different a mindset can be and by how much impact I was able to make by helping a person form a new mindset and instil motivation to take considered action.
Knowing that I can create a difference in other people’s lives gave me a lot of confidence.
While working in the corporate world, I always had the desire to study again to further deepen my business, management, and leadership knowledge.
I wanted to completely master it.
If there is one thing that defines me, then it is that I commit 100 percent to whatever I want to achieve.
When I received the admission letter from King’s College London for their very competitive master’s programme in International Management, I was very excited to start again a new chapter in my life.
I made this decision because I highly value learning and realised that the more one learns, the better one can navigate business and life.
There is a clear correlation between learning and success.
As I constantly stretched my limits over the past years, I wanted to challenge myself again and push myself even further.
During my already extremely intense one-year master’s programme, I followed the Associateship of King’s College (AKC) degree, took Mandarin classes at King’s Modern Language Centre, and worked as a project leader and mentor.
It was a great learning experience to be surrounded by extremely ambitious individuals and I am grateful for having had the chance to further enrich my practical leadership skills.
It was also the time when I had to develop advanced time management skills and create a weekly time structure to cope with the many simultaneous and sometimes conflicting demands.
The year was incredibly intense.
I had to sacrifice a lot but at the end, it was very rewarding because I realised that limits are often self-imposed.
Who would have thought that a high school student without drive would be able to change and achieve all this?
I came to the realisation that if I can reach these heights, then I might be able to help others to believe in themselves and achieve their goals.
In my master’s dissertation at King’s College London, I created a novel academic contribution by conceptualising Entrepreneurial Leadership.
It took me over 600 hours.
I read a countless number of academic articles in the field of entrepreneurship and leadership and interviewed dozens of established entrepreneurial leaders, including those in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, with a total leadership responsibility of over 300 team members.
The research goal was to understand the paradoxical behaviours they engage in, their challenges, and their solutions to overcome the challenges.
I felt like a crazy scientist when I transcribed the interviews and analysed the 332 pages of research data.
When I finally wrote up my dissertation, I created an inductive model that conceptualises entrepreneurial leadership through paradoxical behaviours.
Basically, I created Entrepreneurial Leadership.
This all means that I not only accumulated important practical experiences throughout the last decade but also possess an extensive theoretical understanding of Entrepreneurial Leadership.
What is important to understand is that leadership capabilities are not related to age.
I repeat: leadership capabilities are not related to age.
It is about whether you want to take the responsibility and whether you are willing to learn and apply the required skills.
My drive is to create the world’s best courses for entrepreneurial leaders and to create positive impact for their lives and the lives of their team members.
It is my belief that through Entrepreneurial Leadership humanity can solve society’s biggest problems.
After my master’s degree at King’s, I decided to build Skilltransfer: an EdTech startup to equip tomorrow’s leaders with skills to transform their lives and impact the world by providing curated and practical online courses.
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