Democratised leadership or dependency?

Professor David Pendleton The U.K. government seems to be feeling the absence of its leader.  At the start of the coronavirus emergency, a slew of actions were taken that seemed decisive.  Information flowed, lockdown was announced, vast sums of money were put aside to help, all in a succession of actions that were designed to…

Coping in a crisis: routine, routine, routine

By Dr Rebecca Jones I have always been a big fan of routine. I generally find that having a routine helps me to form healthy habits and to get things done, therefore making me as efficient as I can be. Having a routine around things like exercise makes it easier to consistently achieve my goals…

A sad story

My nine year old came home from school today and said he was very upset.  He told me that a group of his friends had been having a party at the house of a very posh friend and a few of them had been telling stories when one of the group started mocking another kid…

Ambition vs Gratitude

Dr Rebecca J Jones I have been thinking a lot recently about ambition. More specifically, where and how ambition can fit in with gratitude. In my younger years, I would say that perhaps my most defining characteristic was my ambition. I was hungry for success and had a laser sharp focus on achieving this. The…

Leadership takes time

Dr David Pendleton; Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School I teach leadership and regularly discuss the satisfactions and frustrations of leaders as they navigate their roles in busy organisations.  There is a familiar pattern to several of these discussions. Organisations, rightly, seek to keep a tight rein on expenditure and staffing levels.  An unforeseen consequence…

The Magic of Intellectual Curiosity

By Dr Amal Ahmadi I was at the Academy of Management annual meeting last week, where over 11,000 academics and practitioners gathered in Boston to discuss critical issues facing business leaders across the globe. I was fascinated by the power of intellectual curiosity and the range of ideas and insights presented at the conference, ultimately…

The Leadership Temperament: Is Bullying ever OK?

Is there ever a time when a leader can behave as a bully and get away with it, be forgiven for it, and even be praised for it?  There are some obvious candidates for this in world politics; Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un for example.  However, what about in more modest walks of…

Let’s talk about ageism

Dr Tatiana Rowson, Henley Business School I am just returning from a conference on ageing at work where we discussed work and retirement issues. Among many areas of interest, ageism had not received a lot of attention. As the workforce gets older and more diverse, we cannot shy away from discussing ageism.  Ageism can be…