Festival of Leadership

October 26, 2016

Bisociation Koestler

A Festival of Leadership event is planned for 17-19 November 2016, curated by the University of the West of England, Bristol and the Leadership Centre on the theme of ‘Rethinking leadership for an uncertain world’.

The organizers write that:

This event will be a live, participatory inquiry into leadership that seeks to create enduring learning and transformation for individuals, groups, organisations, partnerships and communities. Styled after a traditional festival, our ambition is to create a space where people from all walks of life come together to discuss, experience and explore the nature, purpose and consequences of leadership (good and bad) in contemporary society.

This is a national event (the first, we hope, of many) hosted in the city of Bristol, which aims to inspire and influence current and future leaders, create momentum and leave a lasting legacy. We seek to create unexpected and inspiring interactions between aspiring and established leaders, to share insights, spark imagination and foster innovation.

We take an open and inclusive approach to leadership that transcends age, gender, ethnicity and upbringing – seeing it as a process in which everyone has a part to play. Throughout the festival there will be opportunities to hear from Leading local, national and international thinkers and practitioners and engage with a range of leadership issues in business, public and voluntary sector, community groups, and many more, in order to appreciate the rich diversity of approaches and to discover effective and sustainable solutions for the future.

We hope you will join us in this exciting and important venture and, together, to make a positive difference to the world we live in.


Seminar announcement: Complexity leadership

April 3, 2012

In a seminar at the University of the West of England on April 18th 2012, Professor Mary Uhl-Bien provides an overview of the emerging field of complexity leadership, and discusses how and why it is changing the way we think about the study and practice of leadership

Dr Uhl-Bien is Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership and Co-Director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA.

Professor Mary Uhl-Bien argues that the field of leadership is in the midst of a paradigm shift, in which traditional models are giving way to new conceptualizations of leadership and organizing.

Complexity and leadership

Complexity leadership scholars are doing just this by using complexity concepts from the physical sciences to develop new foundations for theorizing about leadership. Similar to biology and physics, where complexity radically transformed views regarding orderliness of the universe, complexity is helping leadership scholars overcome the limits of bureaucratic logics in thinking about the dynamics of order in organizational life. Complexity is providing a new lexicon for leadership research and practice — one that considers leadership as occurring in both formal and informal processes, and as emerging in complex interactive dynamics. This model fits the new ‘dynamic equilibrium’ paradigm that has been developing in organizational studies in the last two decades.

To register

This free event will be held on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 and is one of a series organised by the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus For more information about registration click here

Sage handbook of leadership

Mary Uhl-Bien is co-author of The Sage Handbook of Leadership reviewed in LWD in January 2012.