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Henley Centre for Leadership

The Henley Centre for Leadership is a community of scholars and leaders striving to tackle challenging leadership issues, transform leadership and create positive change in organisations, communities and society. We are committed to enhancing the study and practice of leadership by developing leaders, engaging in knowledge exchange and co-creating future-focused strategies.

Founded in 2013, the Henley Centre for Leadership honours and advances Henley Business School's strong heritage and reputation as a pioneer in the thinking and practice of leadership and its development.

Our strategic ambitions

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To be internationally recognised as a leading voice for innovative research, addressing contemporary leadership and leadership development challenges. To provide a generative learning environment where individual learners and organisations thrive. To connect scholars, organisations and society in transformational conversations in local and global contexts to influence practice and policy.

What we value

We value leadership as a pluralistic set of perspectives, concepts and practices. Central to our views are:

  • Shared purposes and responsibility - everyone’s contribution to leading is essential
  • Leading happens over time with multiple people, in teams, as a practice that can involve the entire workforce and the societal level
  • Our inclusive leadership approach reflects the complex challenges individuals, organisations and society face today and in the future

We advance multiple routes of leadership development as avenues to generating strong, positive and inclusive leadership cultures. Creating and employing exceptional and demanding practices and processes of developing leadership in all members of organisations will drive the evolution of leadership as a force for organisational and societal good.

Our strategic areas of expertise

To pursue our purpose the Henley Centre for Leadership focuses on three strategic areas of expertise and curiosity. Our community engages in developing, sustaining and transforming leadership.

We advance those areas of expertise and curiosity along three strategic pathways of engagement: research, education and community.

Highlights from the Henley Centre for Leadership

The Henley Centre for Leadership Webinar - Leading Healthy and Productive Post-Pandemic Workplaces - Leader Resilience

The second of the Henley Centre for Leadership Webinar series in 2022 took place on 15 February 2022 through Zoom.

In this session, Caroline Rook and Chris Dalton delved further into the concept of leader resilience, with the aim of uncovering questions and assumptions that allow us to meaningfully engage in better practice for healthy and productive post-pandemic workplaces.

Read the session summary here

Leading Insights - A milestone in German politics

Professor Bernd Vogel reflects on the legacy of Angela Merkel and the chat bot-isation of German politics.

Read the full article here

Henley Centre for Leadership Blogs

Dr Sinem Bulkan addresses the topic of how companies can survive and thrive in today’s evolving business environment in our recent addition to our Blog channel*

*If you would like to read more past blogs from us, visit Henley Blogs and search for Centre for Leadership.
Horizons - Henley Centre for Leadership's newsletter

Horizons is a newsletter dedicated to leadership and highlighting the activities and ambitions of HCL. Each month, Horizons will focus on a key theme pulled from the media, research or trending leadership related topics. There are also recurring areas such as Member Spotlight, HCL Events, Research, Education and many more. Our vision is for Horizons to provide updates on what is happening in our research, education and community work, whilst also giving thought-provoking and entertaining pieces that focus on leadership and its many definitions.

Horizons won't be a prescriptive or stiff tool for academic writing. Leaders and leadership are organic, evolving concepts that branch into a range of topics and ideas. Read the latest edition of our newsletter here.

Leadership Gems - A Conversation with…

We are delighted to share our latest episode of HCL Leadership Gems - a conversation with Tim Clayton-Ball, Head of Leadership at Deloitte. Enjoy and let us know what you think.

Catch up on previous episodes in the series here.

Staying in touch with us

The best way to stay in touch with Henley Centre for Leadership activities is to join our mailing list. We'll send you periodic updates about our activities, events, research etc and opportunities to get involved with the Henley Centre for Leadership.

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Professor Bernd Vogel

For more information please contact Professor Bernd Vogel, the HCL Director.

Telephone: 01491 414548