Can Personal Development start a movement?

Dr Chris Dalton, Henley Centre for Leadership We are coming to the end of our second year with COVID and the last 12 months have provided no shortage of leadership and change subjects worthy of comment from a business school. The climate crisis, the COP26 event in Glasgow, the emergent and unintended consequences of past…

How do I know if I’m doing the right things?

Prof David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership How many hours do you work in a typical week?  Probably too many. Your family would probably like to see you more. Your friends likewise. You may well need to take more exercise, to read around your subject or just for interest, to do those jobs at home that…

COP26, silence of the leadership development, and the band on the Titanic!

By Professor Bernd Vogel, Henley Centre for Leadership It is the last day. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the opening of COP26 said, “Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature like a toilet.” Compare that to conversations amongst leadership development academics, practitioners, or clients. I often feel like a member of…

Career sustainability and the purpose of education

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School Eight years ago, I was sitting at a large dining table in a private dining room in the St Louis Club, having just arrived from the UK via Chicago.  I was surrounded by 20 of the great and the good from that fabled midwestern city who…

Fragile – Resilient – Anti-fragile

We hear a lot about building resilience, whether that is in organisational systems or individuals.  Resilience, in the dictionary is defined as ‘the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity’.  For a person, it is defined as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. Resilience means knowing how to…

What a past presidency can teach us about the future of leadership

Rather uncomfortable – we as an active part of the Trump leadership phenomenon? A first uncomfortable thought. How much of the Trump phenomenon is in all of us, at work, in our leadership or community behaviour? Have you, at times, subordinated everything, including some of your values, to winning? A leisurely approach to accountability? Economical…

Biden his time

My dear friend John Rishton has an aphorism: commentary is easy, leadership is hard.  John has been there.  He was CEO of two major international organisations and FD of another.  He knows the truth of what he has said.  The USA presidential election is demonstrating the validity of the principle. The airwaves are now buzzing…

Deputising in a crisis

Dominic Raab is leading the UK through coronavirus hurdles as the “designated survivor.” With Boris Johnson in intensive care, the foreign secretary is required to run the country during the most significant public health crisis in a generation. This will include chairing Cobra and cabinet meeting for the time being, until Johnson’s health and his…

What Should the Parties of the Centre-Left do Now?

This is not a party political piece. I am writing, as ever, about leadership since there are important leadership lessons here. They apply equally well to organisations, sports teams, political parties and others. In the face of failure, when the circumstances should have led to success, the critical next step is to learn but how…

Myths of Leadership

Myths of Leadership by Jo Owen Now, from my memory, this is the first book review I have written since I had to choose one for my Year 5 English homework. As you may have gathered from that opening sentence alone, I wouldn’t describe myself as much of a book worm. You’ll only ever find…