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Leadership and Followership

What does the International Centre for Leadership and Followership do?

What makes a leader? And how is a leader defined by their followers and other external influences? We aim to build knowledge in the area of leadership and followership and promote this to practitioners. We also supervise PhD students in this field, including research around traditional approaches, implicit leadership theories and followership.

Evolving ideas

Traditional research into leadership has focused on the leader as a person and how potential leaders can be trained in certain effective behaviours. But this approach ignores the critical role of the follower.

Recognising that leadership doesn’t happen in an empty space, our research incorporates thinking around how it’s shaped by the characteristics of followers. This includes investigating how followers’ needs and expectations influence not only how they view and evaluate their leader, but also how far they willingly follow the leader and engage with organisational goals.

At the same time, we are interested in how followers contribute to and shape the leadership process as they respond to the leader's perceived behaviour and shape how the leader then responds.

The Centre is delighted to have made several new appointments recently which will further strengthen our breadth of expertise. Find out more

Recent research

Susan Braun, How to identify an authentic leader

How to identify an authentic leader

Dr Susanne Braun discusses how people can identify the characteristics of truly authentic leaders in the workplace and beyond, highlighting some important lessons we can learn from the political sector.

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‘I wouldn’t say it’s sexism, except that …

Research has long suggested that women are subtly disadvantaged in science in general; this study sets out to understand why and how the difficulties they face can potentially be addressed.

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Joint Influences of Individual and Work Unit Abusive Supervision on Ethical Intentions and Behaviors: A Moderated Mediation Model

A study which sets out to model the influence of abusive leadership on an organisation and tests the extent to which it influences, either directly or indirectly, the behaviour of those affected.

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PhD by research

Visiting Academic Programme

Research Seminars