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Pfister.AndresDr. Andres Pfister (Young Leader 2011)

Lecturer "Leadership" and Consultant, Institute for Applied Psychology, University of Applied Science Zürich

What do you like most about Switzerland?
The fact that you can swim in every lake and river even near the largest cities because the water is so clean.

What do you like most about the USA?
The fact that the country offers the opportunity to be successful in whatever endeavor you choose and that failures and setbacks do not remain a stigma for the future development of each individual.

What defines your leadership style?
Tough regarding the topic, but soft with the people.

Who inspires you? 
Every one around me and all the people I meet.

What is your greatest achievement?
I have had several achievements but I would not really call any of them “great”.

Do you have any weaknesses? 
Mainly dark chocolate with lots of hazelnuts and I'm not too conscientious.

Where do you live?
A small village called Erlenbach right by Lake Zurich about 10 minutes by train from Zürich.

What is your favorite place in the world?
In the summer: a buoy about 50m from the shore in the water of Lake Zürich. I love to go to the Wyden-Badi, a public lakeside beach in Erlenbach, at sunset and observe the night sky and the faint glow of billions of stars in the Milky Way.

In the winter: the top of the Hasliberg mountain in the Bernese Alps, a little higher than the Alpen Tower (2,500m) where I can enjoy the fantastic view of the high mountains around me.

What is the best book you ever read?
In Search of Schrödingers Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality

What is your goal in life? 
Seeing my children develop into good, honest, and happy people that use their talents to become successful at whatever they do.



About Andres Pfister

Andres currently works at the Institute for Applied Psychology (IAP) in Zürich as lecturer in leadership and consultant. His work encompasses leadership development trainings at the IAP and customized trainings and organizational development projects at several mid to large sized companies. Apart from his lecturing and training activities Andres further does scientific research in various leadership fields such as destructive leadership behavior, leadership ethics, leadership decision making, and leadership in architecture and civil engineering.

Prior to working at the IAP Andres was a research assistant at the Swiss Military Academy (MILAK) from 2006 to 2010. He then became the department head a.i. for leadership and communication studies at the MILAK from 2011-2012. In that time he finished his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich focusing on developing a holistic model of leadership behavior. Already during his work at the MILAK he acted as a consultant on leadership and communication topics for mid-sized companies and NGOs. As a liaison officer in the Pedagogic Psychological Service (PPD) of the Swiss Armed Forces, Andres also works to prevent stress and drug use in the recruitment schools around Zürich.

Andres began his academic career at the University of Basel where he studied Psychology and Business Economics and received his Master’s Degree in Social and Business Psychology. Before starting his Ph.D. at the MILAK in 2006, he was a recruiting professional in an executive search company.

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