To look at things differently, have a listen.

Leading Edge is a new series of podcasts from Henley Business School. Thomas Mason, business journalist is joined by some of our leading academics to explore and challenge their approaches and perceptions of what successful leadership should and could look like.

Welcome to the Leading Edge.

Episode 1: My Boss is a Robot - help!

Ben Laker gives his, mostly positive, perspective on the prediction that there will be a half-human half-digital workforce by 2025.

Will leadership exist in 2030?

Episode 2: Diversity: it's not only skin-deep

Claire Collins expands our understanding of diversity and explains why business leaders need to start thinking about their biases and doing things differently.

Why diversity is important

Episode 3: Leadership Jazz: finding the right note when there is no plan

David Pendleton talks about dealing more effectively with the unpredictable and how music can be used to inspire how you will respond.

What can leaders learn from musicians?
If you look at the complexities and the challenges that businesses have, an individual might just be struggling to fulfil this role on his or her own. So then you might think, can I actually involve quite a few of those people around me in my network to do that, and here is where gig leadership starts.” - Bernd Vogel

Episode 4: Board to Death: why companies fail

Andrew Kakabadse discusses why communication between senior management and company boards is not as it should be.

Which companies should we admire?

Episode 5: The Right Fit: keeping staff engaged at the workplace

Karen Jansen discusses her four types of fit and why ‘the right fit’ is something organisations should strive for on an ongoing basis not just at recruitment.

How do you fit within your organisation?

Episode 6: Gig Leadership: taking turns at the tiller

Bernd Vogel explores why stepping in and out of the leadership role is a good thing; but how does this work, and can everyone have a turn?

What is gig leadership?

About the host

Thomas Mason is a BBC reporter with a specialist interest in tech, business and politics. Thomas has a background as a project manager and marketing consultant, and also writes leadership and management articles for LinkedIn Influencers.