“From an early age, I had the opportunity to see a variety of different leadership styles. It often seems like there’s only one model of leadership, but in reality, there are many different ways of being a leader. A formal leader might be a boss or executive. But an informal leader is the person we look to help understand a situation more clearly.”

So I consider myself a leader, I lead a lot of different things in my professional life. I lead different businesses, I lead different kinds of initiatives. I lead different projects. And even in my field of…


I’ve had to make a lot of decisions, really difficult decisions throughout my life. And most of them are associated with my career in some way, shape, or form, or my educational career. So going to this university or that university, studying this thing or that thing, and just trying to figure out what really makes the most sense for me, as a professional, and as someone who wants to continue to develop my mind and my abilities in a way that tries that tends to create some impact, some positive changes in society. So I guess the earliest in…


“I’m an action researcher. That means that I don’t often do purely theoretical research or purely fundamental research. I’m an applied researcher that uses knowledge to provide solutions for specific social challenges. I’m not interested in publishing research that goes on a shelf and nobody reads, I’m interested in putting knowledge into practice. One of the most important parts of that process is disseminating the ideas, practices, and recommendations that come out of my research.”

Now I’m an action researcher. And all that means is that I don’t do research just for the sake of research, I don’t often do…


I am really, really good at putting my foot in my mouth. It’s an expression basically to say that I say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Especially when I was younger, I would always manage somehow, some way, to say something that was either inappropriate or just a little bit cringy, and I was lucky enough that the people who are around me kind of dismissed it and were understanding and they empathize and they were a little bit forgiving of my silliness.

One of the earliest memories I have of this was actually when I was in…


I’ve been really lucky throughout my life that I’ve never experienced serious trauma. I’ve never had an experience where I’ve been the subject of violence or had to flee my home in order to seek safety and shelter. And so I’ve been really privileged in that regard. It’s been something where my life has been really untouched by a serious tragedy like that. But recently I had an experience where the trauma of others really profoundly shook me. And you can attribute part of that reaction or my reaction to that to my privilege of never having experienced trauma. …


At different periods in my life, I have felt, to a certain extent, kind of lost, lost in my career, lost in my personal life. I just not really sure where I was or where I was going. I found myself with maybe a lot of options in front of me. So I wasn’t sure which option was the best choice, which route I should be taking. And then sometimes it was just a matter of having no idea what was coming next. And so I’ve adopted a kind of process for working through that period of time, really trying…


If we go back to the 19 Eighties a late 19 eighties. The world wide web was invented by this guy, Tim Berners Lee, Sir Tim Berners Lee, over in Geneva Switzerland, at CERN. Now, I went to high school in the late 1990s, so it was just when the web was coming out. Computers were still not necessarily available to everyone. They were out there. You could buy one. But not necessarily everyone had it and we certainly didn’t have computers just walking around with us in our pockets as we do now. So you had this invention of…


My life has changed in a lot of different ways. I think of changes across several different dimensions. So on one hand, we have really abrupt changes, so in my life, one of the earliest dramatic changes that happened to me and to my world view was when I went to study abroad. My aunt and uncle were living in Milan, Italy. They were living and working there, and so I got a chance to go there and to take classes and to just absorb the culture and really experience a new way of living and that really changed my…


I’m often invited to go speak for different groups of people around the world, and it’s such a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with other people and other cultures, other ways of thinking other ways of doing things. I recently had an amazing opportunity to speak before a group of young entrepreneurs, a group of women entrepreneurs in Somalia, I can’t remember now. I think it was Somalia. I hope it was. They were a group of entrepreneurs in the fashion industry, and I got to speak to them about some of the research that I’ve done in leadership…


Throughout my life, I’ve had a lot of advantages. I think the earliest one that really comes to mind is back when I was just graduating college. I just finished my undergraduate degree, and I was looking for jobs. I think we were in a time of recession. So I was just looking here, there, and everywhere to try to find something that would fit with my background and my profile and of course, to make some money because I was broke as anything.

I had an opportunity to interview at a couple of different places. And I just remember…

Dr. Anthony Giannoumis

Action Researcher. Social Entrepreneur. Equality Advocate. Podcaster. Hamster Dad. Follow me for all things universal design and social innovation.

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