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Karin Zastrow Karin Zastrow

Author, Owner | ZASTROW & Co. ApS.

Copenhagen Area, Denmark, DENMARK

Karin Zastrow, author, creator of Direct Leadership® concept





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In 2002 I launched ZASTROW & Co. and created Direct Leadership™, and in 2009 and 2010 I published the books HVERDAGSLEDELSE og DIRECT LEADERSHIP, which both describe the Direct Leadership model and its applications

My career covers over 20 years of experience with all aspects of education and HR development: training manager, management consultant , free-lance trainer, business college manager.

I am a Master Trainer of Radical Collaboration®, The Human Element® and Direct Leadership®

Today I am primarily engaged in educating trainers in the training concepts in my portfolio, all of which strive to create clarity and consistency in leadership and/or personal growth.

I am an associated member of the faculty of IFL (Institute for Leadership) at the Stockholm School of Economics, who have now also included Direct Leadership in their open enrollment programs (planned start autumn 2012).

Recently I have likewise become associated as leadership training faculty with NIMI (Nordic International Management Institute) in Chengdu, China.

During the past years I have been guest-lecturing about Direct Leadership at EGP (the MBA-School of the University of Porto) and at EGADE at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and at IFL, Stockholm School of Economics.

My educational background includes language studies followed by an MBA from INSEAD in 1983.

Besides my native language Danish, I am fluent in English, German, French and Swedish.

Industry Expertise (3)

Management Consulting

Corporate Training

Corporate Leadership

Areas of Expertise (5)

Leadership Development

Team Management

Organizational Development

Team Building

Leadership Infrastructure - A Prerequisite for Implementing Strategy

Education (1)

INSEAD: MBA, General Leadership 1983

Affiliations (3)

  • NIMI, Nordic International Management Institute, Chengdu, China
  • IFL Institute for Leadership, Stockholm School of Economics
  • INSEAD Alumni Association The Human Element Int'l Network Direct Leadership Trainers Network

Languages (5)

  • Danish
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Swedish

Media Appearances (1)

Karin Zastrow discusses team Coaching with Dr. Krister Lowe

Team Coaching Zone  

In this episode of the Team Coaching Zone podcast, Karin shares her personal journey from conducting staff satisfaction surveys to conducting leadership training programs to creating the Direct Leadership program. Themes explored in the podcast include: the gap that Karin perceived in the leadership development field that led to creating Direct Leadership; 7 essential roles for leader-managers 4 behavior styles that help enact the roles; the leader-manager as team coach; how many leadership development programs focus on the human dimension yet fail to equip leaders with the every day practical skills that actually lead to results; the problem of promoting leader-managers who have not been equipped properly and more. Karin shares some stories of team leaders and organizations that have applied the Direct Leadership approach. She also discusses some of the resources and training programs she offers that team coaches may find useful to explore.

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Event Appearances (7)

Direct Leadership®

Lecture about Direct Leadership®  CeBit, Hannover

LIDERAZGO DIRECTO: La nueva narrativa del liderazgo día con día.

Lecture to MBA and EMBA students of Tec de Monterrey  EGADE/Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico


HULT Business School

Radical Collaboration  Shanghai

Direct Leadership

Wake-up Seminar  Stockholm Business School


Direct Leadership(TM)

ASTD 2011  Orlando, Florida


Direct Leadership(TM)

ASTD 2011  Orlando, Florida


Direct Leadership

Lecture to MBA students at EGP, University of Porto  Porto, Portugal


Sample Talks (1)

Direct Leadership - the new narrative of everyday leadership and a prerequisite for goal achievement

The missing link, which makes the difference to whether leaders actually deliver leadership - and why a common understanding of the LEADERSHIP DELIVERABLES are as essential to goal achievement as having a plan in the first place.



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