A collective and dynamic view on leadership

Ana Margarida Graça – Lecturer in Leadership A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle Japanese proverb The England football team during the World Cup 2018, Thailand’s cave rescue or the UK parliament during Brexit negotiations are all recent examples on the importance of teamwork. To some of these teams, coordination…

Why not me? Reflections on Workplace Envy

By Dr Amal Ahmadi “Who’s living the best life” I was watching an episode of “Friends from College”, where a close-knit group of friends reconnects twenty years after graduation. The episode unravels how excitement over the reunion quickly turns into envy and distress as the friends begin to brag and talk over each other to…

The need for a new type of manager

According to the annual statistics of the Health and Safety Executive, 595,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18. 57% of all working days lost due to ill health were due to stress, depression or anxiety. That is a staggering 15.4 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety…

Happy New Year

Of course, it is at this time that many people are re-inventing themselves.  Whether that is to further their career in 2019, to be more personally disciplined in some way, such as eating or keeping fit, or meeting some long-held social conscious ambition, such as volunteering.  The New Year is a great time for turning…

The entrepreneur’s business case: astronomy and rhetoric

In the quad of the Bodleian library in Oxford is a series of old lecture rooms, each door labelled above with the name of the subjects taught there.  Titles such as Moral Philosophy and Divinity are unsurprising, but not so the juxtaposition of Astronomy and Rhetoric.  What have they to do with each other or…

The Japanese word for “leadership” is, er….

In 1971 Peter Drucker wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “What We Can Learn from Japanese Management”.  Through several, mostly favourable, comparisons with management and leadership practice in the US, Drucker’s writing describes with typical grace and sagacity how the West might understand the economic success story of Japan that had taken…

Transformational Leadership Embraces Innovation

  In the 21st century, we understand that political and business leaders in the East and the West face different challenges. For example, there is still slow economic recovery and a strong demand for job creation and social stability in the West, while in the East the need is for the delivery of economic and…

Well-being and adaptability: are you ready?

Last week, we hosted our World of Work conference exploring the future of work in the light of technological advancements.  Common themes among the speakers included disruption, agility, diversity, humanity and well-being, and my talk was no different, as I chose to look at the relationship between adaptability and well-being. After many years of studying…

Through the Telescope: Work and Leadership in 2028

Sometimes it is wonderful how an exciting and thought-provoking piece of work can simply land on your desk. Deutsche Telekom and Detecon International asked me and Obiageli Heidelberger-Nkenke at the Henley Centre for Leadership to partner with them and explore how work and leadership might look in 2028.  Our investigations have resulted in a report…

Teaching an Old Board New Tricks

What is the number one indicator of school performance? Teachers. So why is it that less than 15% of UK school boards include an educator in their ranks? Why are school leaders missing out on key insights that could put their school on top for years to come? And what can be done about it?…