leadership

‘In most of the major countries of the globe there are either elected leaders, or strong authoritarian populist movements, and the question is why? Why are these people who, to many of us, are so appalling, so appealing? And of all these people that question is asked most...

After entering this huge maze of a conference to confusion and conflict, and then forging on in search of clarity and creativity,...

How can leaders and managers let go of control? Can psychologists provide routes to collaboration, and work towards developing individuals to ‘self-manage’? An event this November as part of the British Psychological Society’s professional development offering will prepare...

As we watch the American political parties select candidates to run for President, it appears that many are asking a similar question about leadership; just how do some people get elected to positions of power? A symposium, convened by Carl Senior of Aston University, and...

1. ‘Leadership is about ‘us’, and for all of us
It’s easy to imagine that leadership is the province of great individuals who have the personality, vision and drive to change the world. But Professor Alex Haslam (University of Queensland) says: ‘...

The one most important word: 'We'
And the least important word: ‘I’
“Idea 42: A very short course on leadership” (Adair, 2009, p.101) 

It is probably in our history classes at school that we are first exposed to the idea of leadership. And, most likely, this...

As an organisational psychologist, one of the questions that intrigues me about the Jurassic Park film series is, ‘How does that organisation manage to stay in business?’ Despite the preceding three movies suggesting that health and safety might be an ‘area for improvement,’...

Back to the ballot box
Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets researchers in psychology and politics in search of answers to voter apathy

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Strong and fair leadership is vital in a democracy. Psychologists know a considerable amount about developing people in their jobs in order to give the best chance of this (cf. Aguinas & Kraiger, 2009), yet we have had remarkably little to say about some of the most...