Professor David Pendleton

Professor in Leadership

Professor David Pendleton

Professor David Pendleton

By Area: leadership and leadership development, top team development, executive assessment, organisational behaviour, the use of psychometric tools, communication in healthcare
By Geography: UK and Europe, USA, Asia Pacific
Greenlands Campus, GB 6
+44 (0) 1491 418878


David is Professor in Leadership at the Henley Business School, where he works extensively in executive education, and is also a business psychologist, educator, consultant and author. He completed a doctorate in psychology at Oxford University and devoted the first half of his career to research and teaching in doctor-patient communication.

As an author, he has published extensively on medical communication in healthcare and on organisational leadership. His most recent book, authored with Professor Adrian Furnham of UCL, is entitled ‘Leadership: all you need to know’ and is in its second edition (2016). He is currently writing a new book for leaders which is a novel approach to work-life balance and suggests a means for evaluating the impact of work to maximise its benefits.

David is a member of the Trustee Board of the Royal College of General Practitioners, an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University and of Green Templeton College Oxford.


Pendleton, D. and Furnham, A., 2011 (first ed.) and 2016 (second ed.), "Leadership: all you need to know", London: Palgrave Macmillan

Pendleton, D., Schofield, T., Tate, P. and Havelock, P., 2003, "The new consultation", Oxford: Oxford University Press

Consultancy and Outreach

As a consultant he has worked on four continents and in all sectors: commercial, public and charity. He was co-founder and executive chairman of the Edgecumbe Consulting Group from 1995-2015. During his career, he also lived and worked in Hong Kong (1993-1995) and was seconded to Innogy PLC to be Director People and Organisation Development (2001-2003).