How to be a fantastic leader in a constantly changing world!


Book; on leadership and organisational development. 216 pages. Illustrated paperback. Written by Erik Korsvik Østergaard. Published by LID Publishing, February 2018.

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The book is based both on Erik Korsvik Østergaards personal experience as a leader, and on learning from 150+ keynotes, 50+ customer engagements, workshops with 300+ leaders, and test or survey results from more than 2,500 respondents on either personal leadership style or organisational dynamics. Together this has formed the basis for a codification of the mindset and the mechanisms of responsive leadership.

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This book is for you, if you want to lead your organisation into the 21st century.

This book is for you, if you feel bombarded with input, articles, and news about automation, the exponential growth in computer power and data, and new ways of working … but cannot grasp it and don’t know where to start.

This book guides leaders to understand and navigate this new paradigm, putting light on the mindset, the models, and the mix of elements in the future of work.



I warmly welcome this book on the new style of leadership

“I warmly welcome this book on the new style of leadership, needed by organisations to survive and thrive in complex and volatile business environments. I could not agree more – it is all about people and their mindset!”
— Vlatka Hlupic, PhD, author of the award-winning The Management Shift book

Highly recommended to all my colleagues doing real work with real people for real organisations.

“‘I hope you’ll be inspired’ says the author in the books foreword. ‘I am inspired’ would be what I say after having read the book. Erik is theoretically well founded, but many authors are that. What sets this book apart is the hands-on approach: Theories only matter if they lead to practical results. That’s what this book is about. Highly recommended to all my colleagues doing real work with real people for real organisations.”
— Lars Kolind, Board chairman, serial entrepreneur, author and professor

Some very solid learning!

“Useful for all modern leaders, and filled with methods to apply.”
— Garry Ridge, CEO WD-40 Company, Co-author of Helping People Win at Work

Excellent! Erik has written a book you can’t let go.

“He takes you by the hand and leads you safely through the vast amount of academic studies and leadership literature and presents his own very attractive and consistent framework on how to shift from the Yesterday of Work to the Future of Work – as a leader, as an organization, as a human. Erik masters the art of inviting you in to the world of uncertainty and gives you a map to navigate towards the rising sun. Hint: It’s all about people, curiosity and circular learning. Go ahead and dive in.”
— Jesper Rønnow Simonsen, Founder and former CxO in the Danish public sector

This book (…) will give you a sense of the essentials in responsive leadership

“Times are changing and the need to adapt and respond to the changes affecting our organisations are of vital importance. This book is filled with personal experiences and practical knowledge and it will give you a sense of the essentials in responsive leadership from a Danish perspective. It is my great pleasure the recommend the book.”
— Lene Tanggaard, Professor and Ph.D., Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark

If you seek to be a leader of tomorrow, let this book be one of your inspirations

“Many leaders and organizations are in this digitalized age seeking how to lead under rapid changing circumstances. Erik gives in his book an answer with very useful methods, tools and frameworks. If you seek to be a leader of tomorrow, let this book be one of your inspirations.”
— Rikke Hvilshøj, CEO, Dansk IT

This book is likely to become THE reference point for those of us who know we need to upgrade our Leadership Operating System

“Erik Korsvik Østergaard is uniquely positioned to understand what a Responsive Leader is and to write this book. Erik, like me and many others, shares intrigue and belief in what next stage organisations are like. And about how technology is changing the way we work and how we live, and how traditional leaders are struggling to keep up with this let alone lead into this new world.
That’s why this book is so crucial. Commentating, challenging and then comforting leaders into their new sensibilities, this book is likely to become THE reference point for those of us who know we need to upgrade our Leadership Operating System.”
— Perry Timms, Founder & Chief Energy Officer at PTHR, and Author of Transformational HR

A modern world with rapid changes and an emerging digitalisation requires – and paves the way for – a new approach to leadership and organisational design. The technological and societal megatrends affect the market, the organisations, and the expectations from employees and customers, and several new leadership frameworks have been born.

Many organisations and leaders are trying to find their feet in the new paradigm. They need to be responsive to stay relevant to employees and to customers, and to adapt to a changing world. This situation is a huge possibility for rethinking and embracing work and leadership, and for addressing the development with a mindset of openness and experimentation: A positive and optimistic paradigm shift is emerging, putting engagement, relations, inclusion, freedom, and leadership in centre; both towards employees and customers.

The Responsive Leader that masters this paradigm shift will gravitate towards the new paradigm, but will also know how to mix-and-dose the old and new worlds in a responsive way. The Responsive Leader shapes the modern workplace; a workplace where people want to show up for work.

Four key findings are presented, supported by case stories from three Danish organisations: Danske Bank, ProActive, and Pingala:

  1. Five guiding principles for the future of work
  2. Five areas of the future of work, that are affected by the guiding principles
  3. Your role and behaviour as a modern, responsive leader
  4. The triple bottom-line of responsive leadership, that is, how you measure progress and success


The book consists of three parts

  1. An in-depth description of the MINDSET of the future of work, the paradigm shift, and motivation for engaging in it
  2. A walk-through of the MODELS in each of the five areas. You will both find comprehensive, holistic models and correlations, and analysis of the individual components
  3. A description of how to dose and MIX the different elements, avoiding evangelism and “go from one extreme to the other,” but instead making you able to mix the composition based on the situation

When you’ve read this book, you’ll be able to

  • Understand the paradigm shift
  • Understand the updated mindset
  • Identify and handle challenges with help from the models in the book
  • Know where to start
  • Motivate your employees and peers to get started too