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Does gender make a difference in terms of leadership? – A new study

Gender and leadership

One of the often-asked questions is whether gender makes a difference in terms of leadership. There is a vast array of research looking at areas to do with gender and leadership, a proportion of which is in contention, with contradictory findings being reported. So, what is the current state of research about the relationship between […]

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Is Laissez-faire leadership really the leadership style to avoid? – New study

Laissez-faire leadership

New research about Laissez-faire leadership may challenge your previous thoughts and ideas about this style of leadership and whether it really is as bad as it is held out to be. Nature of Leadership The nature or style of leadership in organisations has been shown in many, many studies to have a significant impact on […]

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The New Leaders Paradigm

The New Leaders Paradigm

A new paradigm or model of leadership is starting to emerge from the post 2008 financial crash world. Traditional concepts are starting to shift and a new world idea of leadership is just starting to develop. In a new paper, researchers outline what the new leaders paradigm appears to look like. Traditional leadership Experience, outlook […]

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Leadership Development: Cultivating leader identity and capacity

Cultivating leader identity and capacity

Why cultivating leader identity and capacity is central to leadership development: A new paper just published has highlighted one of the current areas of focus of leadership development. The development of leader identity and why cultivating leader identity and capacity is at the crux of leadership development. Keywords: Leader identity, leadership development, leadership, leaders, leadership […]

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Most leaders’ decision making is “ill-informed, outdated, and incorrect”

leadership decision-making

A 2005 study found that many leadership strategic decisions are based on, and I quote, “evidence that is ill-informed, outdated, and incorrect”. Yes, leaders are usually using the most up-to-date internal data from their various management information systems to make operational and tactical decisions, however when it comes to the underlying, and often hidden, deep […]

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Stop calling yourself a professional. Most likely you aren’t, and as for being educated…

Professional

On being professional in the workplace During a conversation last week with a group of my research students at Oxford last week they mentioned the p-word. The concept of ‘being professional’ often crops up with students as they think about their future work. ‘So what does being professional mean’? I asked. “people often assume that […]

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