Kirsten Stendevad


Awards & Accolades

USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author


Kirsten Stendevad calls herself a Nordic awakener of a more feminine future and illuminary leadership evolver, because she wakes people up to what needs to be the dominant megatrend of the 21st century if humanity is to survive and thrive. She is the best-selling author of seven trendsetting books about 21st century paradigms (and has several on their way in international languages). She has taught workshops at Harvard Business School, MIT, NYU, McKinsey, AIG and international MBA programs. At her Illumina International Leadership Academy, she transforms ambitious people with leader DNA to luminous role models who act as influential pathfinders for a bright future, at home, at work and in the world. Check out her work at and her programs at

Published Book

Success Mindsets

USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-seller!

The road to sustainable, long-term success is not one of domination and defeat; it’s a path walked by a quiet warrior whose weapons are kindness and compassion. The recent global pandemic has changed our world forever. As the pieces are slowly put back together, the call for empathy and communicative awareness has never been more readily sought after, especially in the business. In his latest publication, Succeed the Right Way, Paul L Gunn Jr. demonstrates how the new landscape of business leadership will be defined not by rigid stoicism, but through emotional intelligence. Drawing on myriad real-life examples, Succeed the Right Way is the de facto guide to living a successful life grounded in kindness and compassion.

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