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Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor of Leadership

Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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  • Impacting Government Policy, 
  • Influencing Managerial Practice, 
  • Advising Professional Service Firms


Room GB10, Greenlands campus

Professor Benjamin Laker is a Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School who leads empirical inquiry to inform the legislate agendas of civil servants and politicians, including members of Parliament and the House of Lords.

His interdisciplinary works, spanning two ministerial portfolios, are distributed to House of Houses Select Committees and published by academic and practitioner outlets including the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Human Resource Management, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. Findings from these works feature within the Financial Times, New York Times, Daily Telegraph and Washington Post broadsheets, as well as airing on Bloomberg and BBC news broadcasts including Newsnight.

He has contributed to the Economist, Forbes, Spectator and Tatler magazines and is signed to the Bloomsbury publishing house: his 2021 title, Too Proud To Lead, investigates the terminal influence of hubris on executives - explicating the downfall of Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Jeremy Epstein - to critical acclaim.