How positive psychology is transforming the way we think about leadership

Guest blogger: Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Open University Business School MBA Alumna, MAPP graduate of the University of East London, is a UK-based positive psychology consultant, trainer and writer   How do we define leadership effectiveness? One of the activities I often do with students when introducing the idea of positive psychology in leadership is to ask themContinue reading “How positive psychology is transforming the way we think about leadership”

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Leaders, born or made?

Guest blogger: Steve Gorton, OUBS MBA Alumnus and Executive Coach, Enabling Development.   “It’s an age old question: Are leaders born or made? If they are made, can we return them under warranty?” (Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle) And if they are made, how do we keep them in top condition? It is important toContinue reading “Leaders, born or made?”

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Leading in a world that is doing more with less

Guest blogger: An Coppens is an OUBS MBA Alumni and works extensively in the area of leadership development. She published “Leading the boss in the mirror” to assist leaders with self-awareness around stress and work life balance. In today’s economic climate most leaders are asked to perform the same duties and then some with lessContinue reading “Leading in a world that is doing more with less”

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Extraordinary performances from ordinary people

Guest blogger: Professor Brian Smith, Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University Business School, Adjunct Professor at SDA Bocconi in Milan. What constitutes a great leader? The Venturer speaks to two leading business researchers and finds out There are only a few topics on which more words have been written than leadership. Despite this, it is still hard to get a clearContinue reading “Extraordinary performances from ordinary people”

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Leadership in Tough Times: Confronting Complexity and Inspiring Hope

I’ve recently moved to the Open University Business School as Professor in Public Leadership so this blog invites you to an OU masterclass I am hosting on 25 April in London, and also gives you some information about what I am up to at the OU. The OU runs a series of events for alumniContinue reading “Leadership in Tough Times: Confronting Complexity and Inspiring Hope”

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Remembering how to lead

Guest blogger: Garry Hearn, OUBS MBA Alumnus; AD Training Transformation at Defence College of technical training;  A Fellow of both CIPD and CMI, in December 2012, he was awarded an OBE in recognition of training and education activities at the Defence School of CIS. ‘A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops underContinue reading “Remembering how to lead”

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Leadership in tough times questionnaire

What are your views on leadership? We would value your feedback. This questionnaire will gather your views on and experience of leadership and will inform discussions at our event on 25 April on “Leadership in Tough Times: Confronting Complexity and Inspiring Hope“, where speakers from the Financial Times, Prison Service Northern Ireland and more willContinue reading “Leadership in tough times questionnaire”

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How social media teaches us about leadership

Guest blogger: Jon Baker, Open University Business School MBA Alumnus; the “5 to 50” business coach, speaker, sales trainer.  At first glance social media and leadership might not sound too similar, but stop for a moment, have you ever thought about good social media practice? What do you think makes a person successful in social media?Continue reading “How social media teaches us about leadership”

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The many faces of leadership

Guest blogger: John Storey, Professor in Human Resource Management at The Open University Business School, and Chairman of the Involvement & Participation Association (IPA)   The subject of this quarter’s Business Perspective is at once important, simple, complex and controversial. In one sense, the promise (or problem?) of leadership is fairly straightforward. Leadership is oftenContinue reading “The many faces of leadership”

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