The popularity and focus we are seeing in the Nordic countries is a result of the rest of the world looking for inspiration of how to lead during times of extreme change and uncertainty.

- Chris Shern

How can Viking values guide us to a better form of leadership?

This week, on the Global Denmark Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Shern; Managing Director of the IME Fond, Henley Business School in Denmark, and co-author of “Return of the Vikings”.

Listen to this fascinating conversation as we explore; Nordic leadership in times of extreme change, international management education, and the importance of personal development and emotional intelligence in leaders.

Episode Takeaways

  • Return of the Vikings [1:40]

  • Nordic leadership, uncertainty, and trust [4:28]

  • Breaking into the circle of trust [10:11]

  • Highlights of interviews for “Return of the Vikings” [13:35]

  • Being an expat leader in the Nordics [15:30]

  • The journey of being an expat and organically get to a Managing Director position [17:50]

  • Glass-ceiling and the Viking virtues [18:44]

  • The meaning of ‘leadership’ [22:38]

  • Henley Business School [24:58]

  • Developing human leaders [27:02]

  • Habits and rituals for optimal performance [33:38]

  • Challenging personality trait [34:44]
    Motivator, demotivator and dinner party invites [35:26]

  • Guiding life principle [37:57]

  • Mentors and book recommendations [38:45]

  • Lessons to and from Denmark, and closing comments [41:06]