ABOUT CHRISTIAN MONÖ

Education

“In 2003 I got my Bachelor of Social Science Degree with a Major in Political Science at Stockholm University. In addition to Political Science, I had studied Social Anthropology which further strengthened my conviction that seeing the world from different perspectives gives us a deeper understanding of human interaction. The same year, my wife and I moved to Belgium where I took a Masters in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies (Kent University).”

The African Influence

“I was three months old when we left Sweden for East Africa for the first time. By the age of eighteen I had lived half my life in Sweden and the other half in Africa (Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe).To this day, East Africa holds a very special place in my heart and I hope to one day move back there with my own family. Living abroad taught me a great deal about the world. I saw the most spectacular places and I had the great fortune to interact with many interesting people of all ages and backgrounds. I could play with friends from different countries during the day and spend the evening by a fire, listening to our night-guard telling stories about the village he came from or the life he lived as a child. Gradually, I came to understand the importance of seeing things from different perspectives and soon learnt that no matter who we are, our ability to collaborate with others is essential for survival, especially in times of difficulty.”

Work

“After Brussels I got a job at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belgrade, Serbia. Here I saw how NGOs with good intentions failed in their undertakings because they couldn’t cooperate with other organizations. Likewise some NGOs would achieve great results thanks to their ability to collaborate. UNDP was not my first job. Prior to my university studies, I worked within the school system and the public sector in Sweden. However, it was at UNDP that I became fully aware of just how important every individual is for success in a group.  Early 2006 we moved back to Sweden where I made a living giving lectures in conflict management until 2007 when I discovered followership. In 2008 I took a job as a coach and coordinator at a large financial company in Sweden. Here I could study and test my theories in practice, both as a subordinate and a manager. By 2013 I had built up the company’s Quality and Training department and was head of the operational team at the Stockholm office. I had also been nominated “Manager of the year” by both employees and top management. But most importantly, I had learnt a great deal about the difference between leadership and management, as well as followership and subordination.”
“To this day, East Africa holds a very special place in my heart.”
Christian Monö is an accomplished speaker and writer. He gained a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Kent University in 2004. He then worked at the UNDP in Serbia, where he led trainings in conflict management for NGOs, amongst other responsibilities. Since his return to Sweden in 2006 Monö has studied the art of followership and its relationship with leadership, while simultaneously testing his theories in practice - both as a subordinate and a manager.
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