Industry Leader: Jürgen Mayerhofer

CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE | ENSPIRED

Jürgen Mayerhofer has been working in the energy industry for over 18 years with various roles from consulting to management. Most recently, Jürgen was managing director of software provider VisoTech, which under his leadership became a European market leader in software for algorithmic power trading. In his current role, he is co-founder and CEO of enspired, offering AI-based energy trading services on short-term power markets, supporting grid stability and the integration of renewable energy into the market.

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2021.

WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?

Machine Learning: An Applied Mathematics Introduction by Paul Wilmott. This book does an excellent job in giving an overview of different machine learning methods, what they are used for and technical challenges to consider. For me as a leader, it is crucial to understand what we are working on and being able to have qualified discussions with colleagues.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?

You have to be authentic. Authenticity is closely related to trust: people have the feeling that what you are telling them is what you believe in. People sense if what you say and what you do is coherent with the values you have and how you tell your story.

Enthusiasm is also essential. People want to work with leaders that can draw the bigger picture and communicate the path towards this vision of the future, instead of focusing on hurdles and the complexity of the world – this creates trust with your colleagues. As a leader, you don’t need to be involved in all the details: surround yourself with the right people that are great in the execution. Finding the right people is the most crucial thing to take your company to the next level.

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