We don’t need another hero

The very word ‘leadership’ conjures up images drawn from history and Hollywood. Historical accounts of leadership describe uncommon individuals, usually men. These characters seemed possessed of extraordinary perception, vision, drive and wisdom. Henry the Fifth, according to Shakespeare, matured almost overnight from a tear-away youth to a visionary King who re-established the dream of Albion…

How I benefited from an MBA

“Social action gives students the mentality, ‘Oh, I can do something for someone else and I am doing it. This makes me feel really good.’” Senior Leader in school, March 2017 You may wonder what this quote has to do with an MBA. In fact, this quote reflects my Management Research Challenge topic, where I…

Sam Meets… Eltoria

Students from the University of Reading have a wide variety of options and modules available to them. Many choose to take Henley modules to branch outside of their course and broaden their horizons. For one student, this led to the creation of her own business as a blogger and influencer. I had the opportunity to…

How the word ‘leadership’ means (at least) three different things

There is a common-sense logic to the idea that leadership brings order from chaos, which makes it a fundamentally desirable goal. The problem is that no-one can completely agree what the word means. Whenever we ask, “What is Leadership?” we are, I’m afraid to say, asking a leading question. Leading questions take you towards a…

Student Volunteering

Whilst studying at the University of Reading I have had the opportunity to work for Henley Business School as part of the student digital engagement team. Within this blog I hope to share my experiences of volunteering at Reading University whilst also being a student… As a fourth year student, I wanted to make the…

Building Digital Culture: What we thought

The CMI Management Book of the Year Awards, sponsored by Henley Business School, took place on Wednesday 7th February. Building Digital Culture: A practical guide to successful digital transformation by Daniel Rowles and Thomas Brown won the 2018 ‘Management Futures’ category. We asked both Sam, a third year Business & Management student, and Dr Rodrigo…

Digital Marketing from a BSc Student Point of View

As a BSc Engineering student, digital marketing has always been something I’ve been interested in, but is not something I have covered in my lectures! I walked to the seminar room with a sense of the unknown but excited to learn about a little bit of the world of advertising. Neil Sharman, the speaker for…

Digital Leadership or Leading Digitally?

  Does your organisation’s digital leadership (DL) mean you are leading digitally? DL as a concept is used when we want to establish how organisations leverage technology in order to have competitive advantage. It also describes how people in organisations deploy technology to support or optimise processes, transform organisational culture, or innovate new ways of…

Sam Meets… Simon Grosse

Whiteknights at the University of Reading is a home for many; students, academics; small businesses, even ducks and swans. One organisation that truly considers Whiteknights as home is a business called Foundation SP, a business based at the enterprise centre in Early gate. Foundation SP is an award-winning Technology Company that provides dynamic technology solutions….

Trump one year on: Senior Management involvement

If you look back at news reporting between November 2016 and today, it is astonishing. Every move, idea, comment and breath by Donald Trump has been commented on and responded to, and for good reason. However, it also tells us about ourselves as an audience. You will remember, in my blogs I mentioned these dynamics…

The Henley Centre for Leadership Voices: one initiative

What an interesting year 2017 has been for leadership, and 2018 is already looking promising. People say New York is the city that never sleeps; to me leadership is the topic that never sleeps. At the Henley Centre for Leadership (HCL) we are raising our engagement with our audience to the next level. Our new…

How Jacinda Ardern is paving the way for Women In Leadership

Last week, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s youngest ever Prime Minister, announced that her first child is due in June. This will be only the second ever baby to be born to a serving female Prime Minister, the first being to Benazir Bhutto, some 30 years ago. Furthermore, Ms Ardern told the press on Friday that…