HCL Research Seminar Series - Professor Michelle Bligh - 'How Followers Create and Sustain Leadership'

28 April 2016

HCL Research Seminar Series - Professor Michelle Bligh - 'How Followers Create and Sustain Leadership'

HENLEY CENTRE FOR LEADERSHIP RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES

Thursday 12th May 2016, 11.00am - Jarratt Conference Room, Greenlands campus

The Henley Centre for Leadership will be hosting the first of a series of Research Seminars where they will be inviting scholars from other institutions to present and discuss the latest developments in leadership research.

The Henley Centre for Leadership are pleased to announce their first Speaker:-

Thursday 12th May 2016, 11.00am - Jarratt Conference Room, Greenlands campus

Professor Michelle Bligh

Michelle C. Bligh is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at NEOMA Business School in France. She also serves as Academic Director of the Center for Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness (CLEO). Prior to joining NEOMA, she was a professor at the Drucker–Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University (USA), where she served as Associate Dean. She has been published in over a dozen academic journals, and she was recognized by The Leadership Quarterly as one of the top 50 most cited authors of the last decade. She also serves on the Review Board of The Leadership Quarterly and as Associate Editor of Leadership. Dr. Bligh has taught leadership and change management around the globe, including Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America. She regularly consults with organisations in the areas of leadership development, organisational culture, and change management in a variety of industries, including law enforcement, finance, healthcare, and real estate.

Topic - "How Followers create and sustain Leadership"

Abstract:

Both leadership and followership can be defined the ability to influence others to achieve collective goals, yet from very different roles and with varying levels of authority. Although hierarchy automatically confers some people more power to influence others, the ability to influence others through interpersonal, political, technical, and functional skills is critical for all employees. Flatter hierarchies, more team-based work, more knowledge intensive positions, increased reliance on technology, and more competitive environments have precipitated a paradigm shift. Leadership is increasingly less about controlling and monitoring followers and more about illuminating potential paths, providing the right resources, and developing others. In environments characterised by permanent innovation, influence through visionary inspiration and passion rather than direction and coercion are paramount, necessitating greater emphasis on the importance of followers and follower-centered approaches. I will review various research streams within the domain of followership, with the goal of enhancing our understanding proactive influence and the complex interrelationships between leadership and followership.

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