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Bringing your ‘whole self’ to work can feel like a risky manoeuvre. Here’s why
By Randall S Peterson, Kathleen O'Connor
We aim and aspire to raise the standard of best practice in global leadership by:
The drivers of effective leadership – the individual traits, behaviours and values applied in authentic moments that a leader faces every day, are just as critical as a leader's mindset. Itis our job to help ensure you have the tools, innovative principles and self-understanding to lead in a way that makes a powerful and lasting impact.
We connect leaders to the world via our teaching, research and outreach efforts so they can have lasting impact. We start with a deep understanding of the current challenges faced by business, governments and communities. Through path-breaking research, teaching and trailblazing practitioner insights, we showcase best practice, as well as unique leading-edge approaches, on a global stage.
We uncover case studies you haven't heard of, create ones that will surprise you and dissect the ones you already know.
Our focus isn't just on well-known leaders from renowned corporations, it's on people who make small, important changes that have great impact. From micro-entrepreneurs in South African townships to big businesses connecting with society, the Institute's work accelerates leadership capability and creates an authoritative force by showcasing leading-edge thinking from across the globe.
The Leadership Institute places research at its core. Our research programme produces rigorous, independent thinking from a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and other academic contributors to offer fresh perspectives on leadership.
There are four pillars that underpin the Institute's research efforts. Discover more about our pillars below.
The institute achieves its mission through a number of activities, including:
Believing the focus of diversity is simply a combination of gender, race, or national origin is an easy trap to fall into. It's all of that and more. For the most effective leaders, varied perspectives in high-performing teams are not a nice to have, they are a business imperative.
By providing new insights on leading ‘return on inclusion’, we empower people to unlock the potential of diversity. We expose the benefits of uniting people and help leaders to support individuals to bring their whole self to work, change assumptions, and multiply the impact of their actions in the world.
If you designed the most effective workplace for individuals and teams, what would it be? Leaders who choose to engage with the modern workforce and meet these demands with respect, authenticity and openness succeed. We show how organisations can operate at their fullest potential, allowing people to do their best work.
The most effective organisations are ones where individual differences are nurtured, where the work is meaningful and where the company adds value to stakeholders, employees, customers and shareholders alike. We offer guiding principles to design, build and sustain such places.
‘Business as usual’ doesn’t exist. With the explosion of global business, leaders are faced with unremitting change and managing through complexity. Technology has opened the door to disruption – the call for immediacy, hybrid competitors and virtual stakeholders, all demand leadership agility.
Fundamental changes in demographics, geopolitics and access to natural resources will reshape our future world and the way we work. We arm you with knowledge to identify the values, approaches and constructs to lead deep engagement with the world and to make a real difference.
Ethical businesses do not run themselves. It takes ethical leaders to create a responsible, sustainable world. It also takes leaders who can foster environments that inspire or even reward ethical behaviour. We uncover organisations with ethics at their very core, as well as those more in need of a moral compass reset.
Fresh insights, such as which ethical blind spots could hold leaders back and what triggers people to be dishonest in the workplace, provide practical interventions to promote ethical decision making, mindsets and values. We explore how moral code, once unlocked, can create long-term value for all stakeholders – investors, customers, employees, community and nurture our most precious resource: the earth.
Executive Director of the Leadership Institute and a strategic organisational effectiveness consultant
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute
Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute
Executive Fellow for the Leadership Institute
Engagement and Programme Manager for the Leadership Institute
Think at London Business School
Want your people to achieve more than you thought was possible? Prioritise psychological safety and employee engagement
By Michael Parke, Dan Cable
There are a number of Executive Education Programmes featuring Faculty whose new or on-going research the Leadership Institute has funded fully or in part. Consider accelerating the capability of your leaders to tackle the leadership challenges facing you and your company today, by supporting their enrollment on an London Business School Executive Education programme.
Break through bureaucracy, transform management structures and unlock the innovation and creativity in your organisation with Professor Gary Hamel.
Learn how to influence, persuade and create value negotiation.
Build the confidence and capabilities to lead people and communicate with them more effectively on this highly practical programme.
Discover your best possible self and find out how to unlock the best in others. Join Dan Cable and explore the power of gratitude and unleash your business’s true potential.
Strengthen your organisation when it is under pressure with advanced crisis leadership, behaviourial science and strategy insights led by Niro Sivanathan and David Faro.
Take charge of your future. Join Herminia Ibarra and Kathleen O'Connor and build the skills, mindset and network to step forwards in your career with confidence.
Great leaders are made not born. Join us to discover how to unlock game-changing potential in yourself and others.
Step up to a top level role, and maximise your impact. We work with you and a sponsor from your organisation to accelerate your next move.
Harness the power of change. Rewire your thinking, transform your mindset and make change happen for your organisation.
Unlock the insights to achieve positive business impact, with London Business School’s Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility programme.
Great leaders are decisive. Get the skills, knowledge and experience to make sound decisions in a complex and fast-paced environment.
Transform from a contributor to a high–performing leader, and make the best possible start to your leadership journey.
Turbulent times call for resilient and visionary leaders. Prepare your organisation for the future.
Unleash your impact as a leader, and seal your success to conquer bigger challenges with London Business School’s LGBTQ+ Executive Leadership Programme.
Transform from an individual contributor to a high-performing leader, and make the best possible start to your leadership journey.
Research undertaken by the Leadership Institute has shown that only 2% of leaders currently rely upon evidence based research to inform what they do in relation to leadership development. We actively aspire to increase this percentage.
We are striving to become the recognised global authority for world-class evidence based research. We are keen to continue to raise the profile of the Institute Globally, and actively seek out platforms where we can continue to showcase and create our unique and ground-breaking thought leadership
“The journey to becoming an effective leader never ends. Exceptional leaders have to constantly hone their skills, insights and practices. Referring to evidence-based research and thought leadership plays a critical role in this development journey. We believe that actively promoting the use of evidence based insights in leadership development will accelerate and deepen the impact leaders can have.” Vyla Rollins, Executive Director, Leadership Institute.
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