Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor of Leadership

Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor Benjamin Laker

Department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Room GB10, Greenlands Campus
+44 (0) 1491 418799
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Ben Laker is Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School and expert commentator on global affairs for Bloomberg and Sky News. He advises governments and corporations worldwide and writes extensively for Harvard Business Review and The Telegraph.

Beginning his career in Moscow advising executives from the Petroleum industry, Ben was appointed to the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy in 2010. Three years later he cofounded the Centre for High Performance, a research institute that works with British Cycling, Eton College, NASA, the New Zealand All Blacks, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Art and Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2018 he joined Henley Business School and was recognised by Thinkers50 as one of the world's top thinkers.

Selected Publications


Hill, A., Laker, B., Mellon, L. and Goddard, J. (Forthcoming) The turnaround ladder. British Journal of Management.

Laker, B. (2019) Banking and commerce within the post-Brexit VUCA world. Management Science.

Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) How companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. Harvard Business Review.

Hill, A., Cuthbertson, R., Laker, B. and Brown, S. (2017) Service fitness ladders: improving business performance in low cost and differentiated markets. International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Hill, A., Mellon, L., Laker, B. and Goddard, J. (2017) Research: How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change. Harvard Business Review.

Hill, A., Mellon, L., Laker, B. and Goddard, J. (2016) The one type of leader who can turn around a failing school. Harvard Business Review.

Hill, A., Mellon, L., Goddard, J. and Laker, B. (2016) How to turn around a failing school. Harvard Business Review.

Practitioner and Press

Laker, B. (2019) An interview with Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, co-founders of Thinkers50 by Henley Business School Professor Ben Laker. The Telegraph.

Laker, B. (2019) Brexit readiness and opportunity. The Economist.

Laker, B. (2019) Masters as Servants: Reflecting on the radical change required in the Executive MBA market. The Telegraph.

Laker, B. (2019) Hubris, Brexit and the Demand for Servant Leadership. The Telegraph.

Laker, B. (2018) Cryptocurrency and the future of cash. The Telegraph.

Laker, B. (2017) How 'cracking the code' of a secret belief system is boosting sales. The Telegraph.