Research on purposeful leadership
Exploring the concept of purposeful leadership, this research draws on findings from surveys, interviews and focus groups to identify links between purposeful leadership, ethical leadership behaviours and various employee and organisational outcomes. Our research also investigates how organisations can nurture an environment where leaders can be purposeful.
Perspectives on leadership
The theories and models of leadership have changed over time – and continue to change with time, with context and with each theorist or subject-matter expert. There is no one overarching theory or model of leadership. There is no one agreed definition of leadership. There is also no agreed set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that leaders need to perform effectively. As a result, the answer to the simple question ‘What is leadership?’ is almost impossible to capture.
New directions in academic theory and research on leadership have focused upon three main areas of emerging leadership theory and research, namely:
- relational leadership (focusing on the relationship between the leader and their direct report and wider team)
- values-based leadership (focusing on the characteristics of the leaders and their sense of self, self-awareness and ethics system)
- contextual leadership (focusing on the importance of the environment and system within which the leader operates).
Below we signpost a range of reports available.
Barriers to leadership
In this programme of research we explore the systemic barriers to leadership under four groups of challenges to leadership which are present in some organisations today.
The first two reports, produced in a collaboration with the University of Bath, examine the HR systems and processes in organisations that cultivate trustworthy leaders and how followers experience trustworthy senior leaders within some of the UK’s major corporations and institutions. The third gives insight from senior leaders on how they have maintained trust and resilience during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leadership and management fundamentals
Leadership is the ability to influence people by demonstrating positive personal attributes and behaviours. Different leadership styles and qualities may be needed in different circumstances. Here you’ll find information and guidance on leadership styles and skills, effective leaders, transformational leadership, and leading teams and effective management.