Willem H. J. de Liefde was born in Coevorden, The Netherlands. His working life started as an officer in the merchant marine. He ended his naval career as an officer in the Royal Dutch Navy. Afterward, he studied economics and held several management and directorships in Europe, the United States, and Africa, working for multinationals as such as Ericsson, Rank Xerox, Rockwool, and Draeger. His expertise is in managing transformation and inspiring people. His best results are achieved through sharing the truth, through intuition, and through using art as a hidden message.
Willem has written several books on leadership and working together:
Lekgotla: The Art of Leadership through Dialogue (Jacana).
A ground breaking book, its title, Lekgotla, is a Sesotho word for “meeting circle or assembly.”
ULC—The Leadership Navigator: Governance without Fear (Jacana).
“African tribal leadership voor Westerse managers” (Kluwer).
“Ubuntu” (Signum bei Herbig) language German.
The art of the Universal Life Cycle, used in all his books, is a powerful diagnostic tool. In this book, Awaken the Universe Within, it is used to help you understand who you are and your inner drivers, being your soul, your inner knowing, and your talents. This book is also about better understanding the other person. The author’s philosophy behind this concept is that if you don’t know who you are—your identity—you cannot give meaning to life, and without meaning, you cannot lead people or yourself.
For more information, please contact the following:
Willem de Liefde
Warmond, The Netherlands
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