131. Leadership is (also) about creating culture

Leadership is also about creating culture.

  1. Any good leader needs to have some administrative ability. Not necessarily on the execution level, but definitely on the mindset level. If not, things tend to get chaotic. There are exceptions, but they’re rare.
  2. As a leader, you also need to be able to inspire and spar with your team. Whether it’s a team of five or an organisation of thousands, formulating vision, making decisions and communicating both are vital. Again, there are exceptions, but in general this is how it is.
  3. And last, but certainly not least, is the ability to create culture. This is done in a million small ways, but is incredibly important. In fact, it’s only quite recently that I’ve become aware of HOW much this means.

But let’s backtrack a bit.

  • The Staff, who take on the roles of being Professors, Janitors and so on at the magical college. They run the show, teach classes and make sure that the school feeling is kept alive from the “adult” side.
  • The Helpers, who together with the organiser team, make everything function behind the scenes, and also play supporting roles (from werewolves in the forest to siblings on the run and magical newspaper reporters)
  • The Juniors, who are the new kids on the block. They start the event by arriving, wide-eyed and fresh-faced, at their new school, and spend the rest of the event getting integrated into this wondrous place.
  • And finally the older students, who are divided into five Houses (like Harry Potter has Gryffindor and Slytherin, we have Libussa, Durentius, Faust, Molin and Sendivogius).

It means creating culture.



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Claus Raasted

Claus Raasted


Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey. Author of 34 books.