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Henley Centre for Leadership

Developing, sustaining, and transforming 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.

Our strategic ambitions

Research Education Community
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.

The Henley Centre for Leadership, founded in 2013, 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 areas of expertise and curiosity and strategic pathways of engagement

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 this month from the Henley Centre for Leadership

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 David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School explores Career sustainability and the purpose of education in our recent addition to our Blog channel*

Follow Professor Bernd Vogel's blog about energising, engaging and multi-faceted leadership

*If you would like to read more blogs from us, visit Henley Blogs and search for Centre for Leadership.

Leadership Gems - A Conversation with…

We are delighted to share our fourth episode of HCL Leadership Gems - a conversation with Per Mertesacker, Manager of the Arsenal Academy. 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.

If you are interested in joining our mailing list please email Ellie Done

For regular updates on all things Henley Centre for Leadership, follow us on social media.

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Contact us

Professor Bernd Vogel

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

Telephone: 01491 414548