Light at the end of the tunnel: Leading with hope through Covid-19

By Dr Amal Ahmadi A frog started to climb a tree with the goal to reach the top. Other frogs repeatedly jumped and shouted, “it’s impossible, it’s impossible, you will fall”. Yet the frog successfully reached the top of the tree despite the negative noise. How? It was deaf, and instead, thought that the other…

When Organisational Values Challenge Your Own

By Professor Ben Laker Leading culture is one of the most difficult of executive challenges because it comprises interlocking sets of values and assumptions that sometimes differ from our own. This is incredibly difficult when external pressures such as the coronavirus crisis are affecting our emotional resilience and outlook. Teams need a fusion and myriad…

Adding purpose to our internal dialogues

By Dr Tatiana Rowson How our internal conversation drives our behaviour, especially during periods of transitions, has always fascinated me. Understanding this internal process was the main reason I went on to study psychology and trained as a psychotherapist. This is still a featured topic in my teaching and research today, from various perspectives such…

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…

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…

100 Years of Women’s voices

In December 1919 the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was added to the statute books which enabled women to join professions such as veterinary, law and accountancy which they had formerly been prohibited from entering. It was a major win for women and the time considering, that World War I had only recently ended which brought…

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…