What’s the secret to being a great leader?

Guest blogger: Sarah Platts, Open University Business School MBA Alumnus, Change Consultant at FreshNetworks  Last year I wrote about innovation having attended an Open University Business School event on the topic, and recently I’ve just been to another one all about leadership. Here’s a quick summary of 6 questions and answers that came out ofContinue reading “What’s the secret to being a great leader?”

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Register for Leadership in Tough Times Webinar, 14 May

Further to the recent successful Leadership Masterclass, we are hosting a follow up online webinar on Tuesday 14 May 19.00 – 20.00 (BST), which will include all the highlights from the recent event, drawing on the contributions of our excellent speakers and inviting contributions from our online panellists. The hour long webinar will introduce video highlights fromContinue reading “Register for Leadership in Tough Times Webinar, 14 May”

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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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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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Business Perspectives event: Leadership Masterclass

“Leadership in Tough Times: Confronting Complexity and Inspiring Hope” Thursday, 25 April 2013. Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London. We are pleased to launch our third event in the Business Perspectives series, which focuses on Leadership. The event will explore leadership in the current climate, how best to lead for growth in challenging times and manageContinue reading “Business Perspectives event: Leadership Masterclass”

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Lessons from Sir Richard Branson

Guest blogger: Des Dearlove, Co-founder of the Thinkers50, the global ranking of management thinkers, and Visiting Professor at the IE Business School.   Fancy a trip around the moon, or a long weekend in an orbiting space hotel? Sounds like science fiction, but if Richard Branson has his way, it could soon be a reality.Continue reading “Lessons from Sir Richard Branson”

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