Future Leaders Introduction

On this site you will find information about why Future Leaders exists and how we work.

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” -Martin Luther King Jr.


A new and bold approach to leadership development. A program designed to empower and support the next generation of conscious leaders, ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.


A Thriving world led through conscious responsible action


We are mobilizing, developing and empowering conscious leaders to work together on glocal challenges and take long term responsibility.


In Future Leaders we have 10 principles that are meant to help guide us at any time. In our lives, while developing the organisation, everything.

We hope you take ownership to these; both in the program and in your day to day life:

  1. There must be a better way.

  2. Do what is right.

  3. Think far, act now.

  4. Trust yourself, be brave and dare to act.

  5. Nothing works unless you do.

  6. The only way forward is through.

  7. Leave the place better than when you arrived.

  8. Treating everyone equally by treating everyone differently.

  9. Take responsibility. Always!

  10. Imperfect is the only perfect.

We are still working to finalize the perfect principles, and will decide on it in January of 2020. Until then we hope you give feedback, comments and suggestions if you have any.

You can do this by joining the “Late night with Future Leaders events”

Qualities of a Future Leader

Vigor - Acts on values, looks at leeway, great implementation abilities, dares to take the leadership role, believe in their own ability to influence the outcome, actor in their own lives, dare to go teir own or a new way. Good value base - Cares for others, cares about helping, cares for the world, empathic, acting when you think something is wrong, taking responsibility for others than yourself. Self-esteem Robust people, dares to stand up for themselves and others, positive self-esteem, takes care of themselves and others, consciously on what they value, know what they deserve, confident in who they are. Gutts - Great ambitions, dares to bet, dares to do things that do not match today's standards, visionary thoughts. Aligned life - Their story about themselves, what they actually do and where they want to go is aligned.

Action minded - Able to spot leeway where others don't, acts first and reflects afterwards, the ability to iterate fast and effectively, possess the ability to drive major change globally, dares to use their personal power.

Antifragile - Able to grow in the face of resistance and challenges. A Future Leader must have a track record of meeting unreal resistance and overcoming it over a long time period.

Self-awareness - Know who they are, how they work alone and in relation to others, dares to be vulnerable, sees developmental potential in themselves and have an ability to influence their own feelings, will, thoughts and behaviour. Balance - Able to manage their own life based on personal needs, healthy habits that fits their lifestyle and tempo, manages to prioritize according to own ambitions and needs.

Impact potential - A Future Leader must have a potential to drive positive impact now or in the future.

Global mindset - Is aware of, and open to differences and common patterns across diversities. A Future Leader must have potential for a cosmopolitan outlook, passion for diversity, intercultural empathy and diplomacy.

Fast paced learner - Able to learn and develop in an fast and intensive accelerated environment. A Future Leader must be alacritous for full learning outcome

Our Philosophy

We operate as an non-profit with autonomous communities, lead by local volunteers, that commit to mobilizing and empowering the next generation of conscious leaders to work together on solving the global challenges.

Each FL member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us. Future Leaders take ownership of their communities by identifying problems and creating targeted solutions to create sustainable impact. As global citizens, we all have rights and responsibilities, as well as shared goals. Through active citizenship, we promote social responsibility and work toward goals that benefit our communities and the world. Future Leaders embrace new ideas, collaboration and diversity. Guided by the passion to transform their lives and the world, Future Leaders have the courage to address the critical challenges of our time.Together we become a network of community Leaders that influence towards a better world.

Our Story

Many people say that things are getting better, and it's true that many things are. But it's also true that we are facing the biggest challenges in human history. Now more than ever we need everyone to get engaged and take responsibility for a better future.

Future Leaders was initiated to empower and mobilize a new generation of conscious leaders taking responsibility for some of the glocal challenges of our time.

In the later years Future Leaders has started working with companies to develop and empower their leaders, talents and experts. This work supports the growth of the Future Leaders Foundation, and enables young leaders all over the world to go through the non-profit program

Since the establishment in Oslo in 2015, the movement has grown to 8 cities on 3 continents. Future Leaders have developed more than 600 leaders and hosted more than 100 leadership gatherings

Elin Nørve meet Michael Engstrom at a co working hub in Oslo, the agreed that the best way to solve the global challenges we’re facing today is by developing brave young leaders, taking on those challenges. That was the start and they founded Future Leaders, started with 10 participants in Oslo, then, 60, then decided to kick ass in Copenhagen, and 200 in Oslo, and finally our crazy team decided to go for Bergen, Stockholm, and Barcelona - that’s where we’re at today - and trust us - it’s just the start!

Future Leaders is born out of one core belief: "We believe that we are facing a dire, cross-sector, global shortage of effective leaders."

Our program is a response to all programs, leadership development, MBA's etc., which we strongly mean have failed in developing the leaders we need today and tomorrow. The leadership development industry has become a billion dollar industry. Professor of Management, Barbara Kellermann assumes that $ 156 billion was spent on development and learning for workers in 2011, only in the United States. Of this sum, it is estimated that 12.6% is used for leadership development (Pfeffer 2015).There is, however, little evidence that this leads to better managers, and several believe that the management industry has failed and that it has not contributed to something positive for people, at all. (Pfeffer 2015, Kellermann 2012).

It's hard not to be affected by the daily flood of negative headlines, challenges and problems that seem unsolvable, politicians and leaders whose main drive is their ego, ambition and greed.

That trust towards major institutions has fallen all around the world, is hardly a controversial statement these days. It's easy to lose hope when the media gets increasingly polarized, when global leaders lie and unstable global relations are becoming daily news rather than the exception.

Conflicts, war, human tragedy and epidemics - there is a lot of bad things going on out there. However, the truth of the matter is that we never have lived in a better world than today. A world with less poverty, fewer nations at war, and more children attending school than ever before.

These facts are not coincidences nor strokes of luck. It's the result of brave men and women working hard every day - to push the world in the right direction.

Things are getting better but we are facing some challenges that might seem unbearable and unfixable. It might seem tempting to ignore it - to continue with business and life as usual, but just like the men and women before us we can find a solution if we act together.

Today's systems and laws, corporate structures and politics are based on old needs, and we can't solve today's challenges with the same mindset that created them.

The future is about collaboration, about agility, about realizing that one can do work that is both good business and good for the world simultaneously.

We have the potential to create this future together.

It is not about the newest software or the newest social media. It's about people, building a new culture and a new reality.

History has always been written by leaders. Those leading nations, a sister or brother or even themselves, into the unknown.

With a new set of leaders who thrive in changing times. Leaders who inspire, motivate, understand the future and how to get there. Together - step by step we will create a new and better tomorrow.

We as a global society are facing are facing great challenges. We believe that the best way to solve these are to empower the young gamechangers to become robust young leaders, create impact on sustainability and take action!

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