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Indirect Leadership – Book Circle Online

with Carl Starendal
5 sessions September 9 - November 11 Online Training (CET timezone)


You will read the book Indirect Leadership together with Carl Starendal and other participants over 10 weeks. We will learn about the research-based model of Indirect Leadership from the Swedish Defence Academy, and receive practical tips and advice on how you can apply the book’s insights in your daily work as a leader or manager.

To connect with the material and ideas in the book, we will also read materials from MIT & Peter Senge about learning organizations and systems thinking.

As Carl is an internationally recognized expert on modern working methods (Agile & Lean methods & frameworks), the book club will relate to how we can effectively act as indirect leaders for Agile teams, trains, value streams, and organizations.

You will read a part of the book every other week and then meet in a group, discuss the content, and collectively reflect on insights, what they mean, and how they can be used in daily work.

This Bookcircle is only held in Swedish.


  • The book circle is held online in Swedish with 6–12 participants.
  • It consists of 5 sessions, every other week via video conference in the Discord application, from 14:00–15:30 Swedish time.
  • Each session includes a lecture part from Carl, related to the content, followed by an open discussion with questions from the participants and a review of what we are reading for the next meeting, as well as the reflection task for the coming week, which is done offline at one’s own pace.
  • During and after the book circle, you have access to a common group chat in the Discord application, where we share additional articles, ideas, and reflections from the material, and where you can also reach the other participants and Carl Starendal during and after the book circle if you have questions or want to discuss something.
  • You need to order the book yourself, which costs 390 SEK online so that you have time to read the first part before the first meeting. You will receive instructions on how to do this when you sign up.


  • Leaders and managers
  • Line Managers
  • Business Owners
  • RTEs and Solution Train Engineers (STEs)
  • Program and project managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Agile coaches
  • SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs)


  • February 12th – 14:00-15:30 – Session 1 – Reading: Introduction to Leadership & The Leadership Model (20 pages to read)
  • February 26th – 14:00-15:30 – Session 2 – Reading: Behaviour – Leaders and surrounding social & cultural context (40 pages to read)
  • March 18th – 14:00-15:30- Session 3 – Reading: Leadership styles and combination of Leadership behavior (30 pages to read)
  • March 25th – 14:00-15:30 – Session 4 – Reading: Indirect leadership and Development of leaders (20 pages to read)
  • April 8th – 14:00-15:30- Session 5 – No reading for this session – Workshop: What does this mean for me?


Indirekt Ledarskap

Indirect Leadership – The ‘soft’ sides of higher leadership”

When the effects we seek in leadership are several steps, links, or levels away from where we have direct influence, and we must “lead from a distance and through others.” then we can talk about the leadership being performed as Indirect.

Well-executed Indirect Leadership has much in common with the powerful and direct Transformational Leadership researched in the Leadership model from the Swedish Defence University, but here the primary paths to outreach are action-oriented through links, image-oriented in how we are perceived at a distance, and by creating conditions for trust in the organization.

The forms and challenges of leadership vary depending on the organizational level one is at. Indirect Leadership—IL—differs in several ways from direct leadership. Besides the physical distance to employees, it also involves managing various parallel time scales such as rapid decisions and strategic long-term decision-making, and balancing directives from above as well as demands and expectations from below.


Learn more about Indirect Leadership here:


  • High quality facilitation delivered by Carl Starendal

  • Five online sessions, 90 minutes each

  • Prepared slides and workshop material

  • Certificate of participation

  • An English or Swedish physical copy of the book


Carl Starendal

Carl Starendal

Carl is an experienced leader, having decades of hands-on experience as an entrepreneur, manager & leader across a diverse range of industries. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker on leadership, management, and agile product development and a highly regarded mentor & advisor as well as one of the Transformational Leadership trainers (Utvecklande Ledarskap) certified by the Swedish Defence Academy.

Carl Starendal is also as one of the global SAFe Fellows an official contributor to the SAFe Framework and one of the key people behind the Release Train Engineer (RTE) certification course.


Indirect Leadership – Book Circle Online

with Carl Starendal


Indirect Leadership – Book Circle Online

with Carl Starendal

Indirect Leadership – Book Circle Online

  • with Carl Starendal

  • 5 sessions September 9 - November 11

  • Online Training (CET timezone),

The fine print

Cancellations done up to 30 days before the course start date will not be charged and all paid fees will be reimbursed.
Cancellations done up to 10 days before the course start date will be charged 50% of the course fee.
Cancellations done within 10 days before the course start date will be charged the full course fee.

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VAT will be added to all prices during checkout, depending on your country of residence.


Are you interested in this course as a inhouse class at your company or even an online course?
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