Paul Cannock - A personal view on leadership at the European Space Agency

20 March 2017

Paul Cannock - A personal view on leadership at the European Space Agency

In the MSc module Leadership Theory and Practice we welcomed Paul Cannock, Head of the Estates and Facilities Management Department at the European Space Agency, as guest speaker in the class on 8th March.

The MSc module Leadership Theory and Practice welcomed Paul Cannock, Head of the Estates and Facilities Management Department at the European Space Agency, as guest speaker in the class on 8th March. He introduced the class to the European Space Agency (ESA) and shared fascinating insights into the purpose, activities and leadership challenges of one of the organisations at the forefront of mankind’s discoveries.

Paul spoke about some of the leadership principles and expectations at ESA. He shared captivating thoughts he collected from others within ESA for this talk, including astronauts and the Director General.

Finally, he openly shared his ideas on his personal style of leadership and the learnings he had, often evoked by the leadership challenges and dilemmas he faced along his career. The conversation ended with ideas for students starting their leadership journey, before moving into a lively discussion.

"It was an inspiring talk about leadership in a field where scientific research and state of the art technology are being used." Renganaden Virasami, student at the University of Reading/Henley Business School and Divisional Meteorologist at Mauritius Meteorological Services.

"I found the session informative and interesting in that five people within the same organization have such differing views about leadership. This only goes to show that there is no single universal definition of leadership but instead it is an amalgamation of a number of characteristics depending on the situation." Vineet Ramachandran, student at the University of Reading/Henley Business School.