What does it take to be a leader? And can anyone be a leader? Those are good questions and the answer is not as simply, as you may think.

In the following, we will be looking into what a leader actually is and what it takes to be a leader, as well as what you can do to improve your leadership skills.

What does it take to be a leader?

You don’t necessarily need to be a designated leader and have a formal title to exercise leadership. In fact, anyone in a group or organization can exercise leadership. Every person has the ability to influence and impact other people in a positive, creative, and productive way. And that is actually what leadership is. Leadership is about drive, engagement and passion – not a title.

Therefore, anyone can become an effective leader. Leaders are not born – they are made through focused effort and developmental processes.

Leadership comes in many shapes and forms

When we talk about leadership we often think about leading others, but there are many ways to be a leader. To make a long story short; leadership comes in all shapes and forms.

Once, leadership was associated with a formal title such as Manager, CEO, or Executive. The title usually came with a set of responsibilities, such as managing the team or organization, solving problems, motivating the team and caring for the health, safety, and welfare of the team.

Group leadership is the new trend

However, lots of organizations today have a different perception of leadership. Leadership is no longer a formal title, designated to one or more individuals. Instead, many organizations are working with so-called leadership groups or teams, where all the members can exercise leadership, rather than just one individual.

One of the main reasons for this new perception of leadership, is that it is very difficult for one single person to navigate in today’s complex and constantly changing world. Therefore, granting everyone in the team or organization the ability to lead is crucial.

Leadership program for leaders of tomorrow

A lot of today’s leadership programs are based on the old perception of leadership. The perception of a leader as an all-knowing individual, who stands and commands and protects his followers. These programs were made for a world that was, not a world that is or is coming.

Instead, we need leadership programs that help develop the leaders of tomorrow. Leaders, who are driven with a desire to disrupt status quo and are able to thrive in a dynamic environment. Leaders, who can lead projects and businesses in the pursuit of making the world a better place. In short, leaders who want to create change.

Innovative education in Enterprising Leadership

At Kaospilot, an international independent business and design school based in Aarhus, Denmark, you have the opportunity to join an innovative and developing education in Enterprising Leadership along with other inspiring leaders. The program is for anyone who want to learn how to be a leader and be able to facilitate a space where people can grow.

In this full three-year program equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, you will be working within the fields of business design, process design, project design and enterprising leadership. The learning is based on the unique Kaospilot approach which draws upon various theories within philosophy, psychology, action research and learning.

Numerous career opportunities

You will be working with real organization and real challenges in order to develop yourself as a leader, and discover your direction and career path.

After three years you will be qualified to work in a broad variety of industries and sectors within lots of different areas, such as organisational development, social entrepreneurship, business consulting, project management, process facilitation, leadership and much more.

Related materiel

Think less and do more!

The Art Of Imperfect Action

Since graduating

Meet Dennis Dybdal Founder of WAKA Global

Since graduating

Meet Anne Kjaer Bathel Founder of ReDI School

Since graduating

Meet Jesper Kjeldsen Founder of Postevand

Since graduating

Meet Ida Tin Founder of Clue

WORKING WITH THE MUNICIPALITY

Solving COVID Problems

Since Graduating

The Netflix of Online Courses on Sustainable Development

BOOK RELEASE

The future looks bright, go out there and create it.

Interview with Henrik Køhler Simonsen

The Future of Online Learning

SINCE GRADUATING

Meet Andreas Broman

SINCE GRADUATING

Meet Hans Ohlsson

INNOVATION STUDIES

Busy Dying, anyone?

Innovation studies

The Innovation Imperative

SINCE GRADUATING

Meet Amalie Harris Barfod

SINCE GRADUATING

Meet Britt Barfeldt

GUEST LECTURERS

Meet Tony Quinn

Working with Vestas

Meet Magnus Alexander Haals

SINCE GRADUATING

Meet Tue Krabbe-Juelsbo

Innovation studies

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

SINCE GRADUATING

Meet Kathrine Overgaard Warberg

Innovation studies

Cowboy Number One and His Problems

Since GRADUATING

Meet Andreas Lange

Meet Dinant Roode

Professional Rebel Facilitating Learning Spaces

Design for Sustainability

Meet Frank O´Connor

Innovation Studies

Gazza at the Controls

Extended network of lecturers

Meet Cesar Alves Ferragi

Community Building

Meet Current Student Anthon Khorami

Innovation Studies

Why Do We Fail?

Since Graduating

Meet Rasmus Stride

Since Graduating

Meet Haotian Cheng

Innovation Studies

How to Avoid Failure

Since Graduating

Meet Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg

Educator | Learning Experience Designer | Facilitator

Meet Boris Kelly

Extended network of lecturers

Meet Nathan Shedroff

Since Graduating

Meet Nikolaj Køster

Mindsets that will support you and your organization

Designing for a Transformation Economy

Since Graduating

Meet Anders Sjöstedt

Obituary for Pete Sims

Since Graduating

Meet Marte Sootholtet

Since Graduating

Meet Chamilla Natasha

Extended network of lecturers

This is Chené Swart – A Narrative Therapist

Since Graduating

Meet Guga Korte

Since Graduating

Meet Patrik Gustavsson

Founder and chief creative

Meet Carola Verschoor

Knowledge about

The role of an Experience Designer

Including and Unleashing Everyone

Meet Keith & Fisher from Liberating Structures

Since Graduating

Meet Moa Vallgård

Since Graduating

Meet Mari Ellestad

Since Graduating

Meet Heidi Meier Bach

About the power of Experience Design

Meet Michael Liehmann

Knowledge about

The difference between a leader and leadership

Since Graduating

Meet Pouria Ruhi

Since Graduating

Meet Eilif Bremer Landsend

Current Student

I desperately try to innovate the concept of magic

Merry Christmas

How to

How to become a leader?

Knowledge about

How important is communication?

Knowledge about

How important is sustainability for leaders?

Creative Leader

Meet Marquise Stillwell

CEO and Founder of NYC Salt

Meet Alicia Hansen

Since graduating

Meet Harald Austad

Knowledge about

Pros & cons: online courses

Knowledge about

Can anyone be a leader?

Since graduating

Meet Nanna Ulsøe

Since graduating

Meet Janni Olesen

Kaospilot+ Berlin

Why Kaospilot enables imagination



Since Graduating

Meet Sine Egede

Since Graduating

Meet Stine Kjær

Since Graduating

Meet Ellen Eriksson

Kaospilot Pointer Projects

Pointer Project with ReGen North

Knowledge about

The importance of innovation

The double diamond model

Knowledge about

What is leadership?

Since graduatiing

Meet Nicholas Mohr Krøyer

Since graduatiing

Meet Hildur Maral

How to

How to design an experience?

Collaborators around the world

Meet Ricard Ruiz de Querol

Since graduatiing

Meet Bella Scheftelowitz

Since graduatiing

Meet Anna Rosetzsky Permin

Knowledge about

What is sustainable design?

Knowledge about

How to create a safe learning space?

Knowledge about

What is experiential learning? 

Knowledge about

Why is an entrepreneurial mindset important?

How to

How to work with sustainability development?

Knowledge about

Leadership vs. management

Knowledge about

5E Model

Knowledge about

Co design vs co Creation

Since Graduating

Meet Anna De Boer

Since graduating

Meet Nicky Grunfeld

Since graduating

Meet Kai & Emil

Since graduating

Meet Max Parknäs

Since graduating

Meet Frederik Svinth

Since graduating

Meet Rasmus Krath

Since graduating

Meet Ane Eline Sørensen