Spotlight Session

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference.

Critical Perspectives on Leadership in the Pandemic: An ISLC Discussion

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 7:30 - 8:45 EST

All the presenters have recently published commentaries on leadership in the pandemic and from a variety of critical perspectives. In this session they will present their ideas primarily in a live discussion format, that will also invite participation from the audience.c

David L Collinson

Session Chair
David Collinson PhD is Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organization at Lancaster University Management School. Previously at the Universities of Manchester, Warwick, St Andrews and South Florida, he is the Founding Co-Editor of the Leadership journal and Founding Co-Organizer of The International Studying Leadership Conference. David’s publications focus on critical approaches to leadership, management and organization. His primary research interests explore leadership & followership dialectics; power, identities & insecurities; gender, men & masculinities; conformity, dramaturgy & resistance, and humour, positivity & Prozac leadership. He holds a doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in management from the University of Manchester.

Keith Grint

Keith Grint is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University. He has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. His books include Fuzzy Management (1997); The Arts of Leadership (2000); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities (2005); Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008); and Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010). His latest book, Mutiny & Leadership, is due in 2021.

Donna Ladkin

Recognized for her critical and accessible scholarship in the field of Leadership Ethics, Donna Ladkin has re-considered many of the basic assumptions of leadership and its development as exemplified in her prize winning book Rethinking Leadership: A New Look at Old Leadership Questions.
Presently Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the Graduate School of Leadership and Change at Antioch University in the US, Donna’s approach to leadership is underpinned by her background in Continental philosophy. By considering leadership as a phenomenon rather than as a set of traits or behaviors inherent to an individual, she challenges more traditional accounts which focus on individual ‘leaders’ and instead invites us all to take up responsibility for making ‘leadership’ happen in our particular contexts.

Leah Tomkins

Leah Tomkins is a scholar in Leadership and Organisation Studies at the Open University, UK. Her academic research focuses on the subjective experiences of leadership, drawing on philosophy and the humanities to help us with the meanings, narratives, emotions and visceralities of work and the workplace – both when they seem to make sense and, even more so, when they do not. She is the editor of a multi-disciplinary book on Paradox and Power in Caring Leadership: Critical and Philosophical Reflections, published by Edward Elgar, March 2020. Prior to entering academia, Leah spent two decades in industry, specialising in the leadership and management of organisational change. She held senior leadership positions in the private sector (Accenture, KPMG and PwC) and in government, where she was the Director of People Strategy for the UK Civil Service. She uses her background to try to bridge some of the gaps between theory, practice, rhetoric and experience.

Dennis Tourish

Dennis Tourish is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at the University of Sussex Business School. He is the editor of the journal Leadership, and the author or co-author of several books, including The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective and Management Studies in Crisis: Fraud, Deception and Meaningless Research. He is currently working on several projects, exploring the impact of what has been termed ‘hyper-surveillance’ on relationships within the workplace.

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