You may not know this, but I’ve spent the past 10 years trying to understand why our society is obsessed with leadership. Billions of dollars are spent on leadership development every year. What difference has it made?

There are many aspects of leadership that are interesting. For example, did you know that scholars can’t even agree on what differentiates a leader from a non-leader? It’s true! In other words, we don’t know what a leader is! So how do we know that leaders are important?

Meanwhile, we’re about as interested in followership as my 95 year-old grandfather is about heavy metal, i.e. not at all. This is also peculiar since the whole idea about leadership is to lead followers. Things are improving though. When I first started, there was only one book on the subject. Now days there are plenty more, although I’d say most of them are just books on leadership but with a different title. They still regard the world from a leadership perspective.

Anyway, three years ago I was giving a lecture on followership at the University of Linköping in Sweden. We were having a break and I was looking out the window when I got an idea. Why not write a suspense novel about these issues, I thought. Then I hesitated. Memories from English class emerged. I remembered being forced to read books “with a meaning” that were so boring I’d rather spend the rest of my life watching the darn thing decay than finish reading it. Nonetheless, nine months later, while on a trip to Borneo with my family, I began working on the synopsis for the Eagle King’s Academy series.

C.C. Monö in Borneo
It was during a trip to Borneo that Chris began working on the Eagle King's Academy series

So this is my first post on To be honest, I’m somewhat surprised to see that it works. For a while, I thought the technological gods were out to get me. Actually, I’m sure they were. They must have had a hoot when I pressed some weird button and lost everything I’d done for the past week. Nevertheless, it seems they’ve grown bored with me, and I guess they’ve moved on to find some other poor bastard to bother. Let me tell you, whoever you are, you have my deepest sympathies. If it’s any consolation, we all appreciate you taking one for the team.

Anyway, since this seems to be working, I might as well take the opportunity to mention that if you want a free copy of The Academy: Making of a ruler, there are a few copies available on:

Now don’t panic. People haven’t discovered the book yet (or this blog), so no need to rush.

Well folks, I better stop here. I don’t want to jinx anything by writing too much.


The Academy book