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We have been sharing our passion about purpose-driven leadership for as long as Oxford Leadership has existed. Here you can discover our latest research, articles, talks, discussions and conversations on organisational development, transformation and performance.
The best way to start is to “humanize” organisations treating it as a living ecosystem that aligns and develops resilient and engaged people.
Individuals and governments each have their role to play in shifting toward sustainability, but so do businesses.
On July 10th our Chairman and Founder Brian Bacon talked at the IPA’s Business Growth Conference 2019 in London where he shares his perspective on…
Since 1868, Tata Group has made a habit of putting communities first, and has thereby grown to a market capitalisation of $141 billion. Something’s clearly…
ExO CEO panel with the topic “Purpose-Driven Leadership” In this clip: Jeff Dodds, COO at Virgin Media talks about Leading with Purpose in one of…
Fatalism – the belief that things cannot be changed – is the greatest enemy of transformative leaders.
Many books and articles have now been written to explain the causes of the credit crisis of 2007–2008 and the broader upheaval in the financial…
Our new Vodcast “Leading with Purpose: How Purpose Drives Performance” explores how Virgin Media has embedded purpose in the organization, how the Oxford Leadership program…
Most of the time, large meetings are tedious downloads from leadership. Sometimes they are participatory, but lack accountability and follow-through.
For most leaders the following situation is all too familiar: a senior and valued employee comes into your office to announce that he is leaving,…
Do you trust your gut when it comes to the big stuff? Instincts and ‘hunches’ may have a comforting influence on day-to-day decisions, but when…
Rather than point to a training course, leaders will talk about a time when they stepped out of their comfort zone to rise to a…
Articles, Reports and Papers
Leadership 4.0: A review of the thinking
The 4th Industrial Revolution is bringing unprecedented changes to societies and organizations throughout the world. The multiple ramifications of digitalization and the accompanying acceleration and increased complexity.
How to combine mentoring and coaching to get the best out of staff
A recent study published in the journal Sustainability found that a combined program of mentoring and coaching employees is an effective way of improving organizational commitment and work performance.
Conversational leadership: aligning people with strategy
Often, it seems that, in the hectic pace of doing business, there’s barely a chance to say “boo” much less reflect on how and why we’re doing what we’re doing.
Why employee empowerment works
Research from the hospitality sector has uncovered some interesting insights into what drives individual employee empowerment. It highlights the issues and resistance when staff are empowered to act without assistance from management.
Is your personality a good predictor of job satisfaction?
A recent study by researchers in the USA looked at whether personality is a good predictor of job satisfaction. And the results may surprise you.
A new study on intrusive leadership and remote working
Leadership practices have changed over the past few years to reflect the new and different styles of working. Remote working is an example of this and is a practice which continues to increase at an astonishing rate, and had been even before the Covid pandemic.
Collaborative leadership is an increasingly vital source of competitive advantage in today’s highly networked, team-based, and partnership-oriented business environments. Yet few leaders have been trained to lead collaboratively, especially those at more senior levels who climbed the organisational ladder in a different era.
Characteristics of high-performing team meetings
The success of a team is evidenced by how efficiently it manages meetings: in essence, a team’s performance is determined by how well it prepares, conducts and follows through after its meetings.
Building cultures of sustainability
The BE-DO-HAVE model helps define the prerequisites not just for sustainability initiatives but also for any organisational change effort.
Creating psychological safety: managing with the brain in mind
Neuroscience research confirms that we are social animals, and threats to our social standing are every bit as stressful as physical pain or going hungry.
Dark triad executive and business coaches – A new study
Coach Dark Triad Traits may be a neglected area of attention. What happens when the coach has dark triad traits? In a new study, Professor Adrian Furnham, of University College London has explored the area of coach dark triad traits and what impact they might have on coachees.
How to repair deviant, toxic corporate and organizational cultures
Toxic corporate culture is bad for society, bad for employees, bad for a company’s corporate image and, ultimately, bad for shareholders. Changing toxic cultures takes time and a united effort from the top down to make change for good.
Using intuitive intelligence to guide decision-making
Do you trust your gut when it comes to the big stuff? Instincts and ‘hunches’ may have a comforting influence on day-to-day decisions, but when it comes to major strategic choices and matters of great complexity, intuition doesn’t often get a seat in the C-Suite.
Leadership 4.0 The future does not need your leadership
Interview with Cyril Legrand, founding trustee and Chief Executive Officer of the international leadership consultancy: Oxford Leadership. He speaks about leadership development in the context of the 4th industrial revolution: Leadership 4.0.
Managing and leading in the midst of uncertainty
Good planning balances speed and completeness. Ideally, it articulates the overall strategic intent to ensure all staff can make informed judgments when needed.
What coaches can learn from positive psychology
Positive psychology is an emerging branch of psychology that has grown in popularity over the past 10 years. Focusing on positives rather than negatives is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used by coaches in the workplace.
Leadership Talks & Conversations
Courage and Fear Decoded, Leadership Talks with Carl Lindeborg
Anybody can perform a task that they’re unafraid of. But pursuing something while being fearful, worried, nervous, etc… that’s what true courage is all about. Courage is fundamentally acting from the heart.
Leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Leaders who are succeeding in this ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ have embraced a new mind-set, viewing the organisation as a living organism or eco-system, rather than as a mechanical machine.
Women in Business, with Danuta Gray pt 1/2
It has also been proven by the positive way in which female business women can affect business relationships and organisational conversations. The problem is that women are not always afforded access to the necessary resources to stand out and make themselves heard.
Business Leaders Panel at ExO World Summit
Jorn Madsen, CEO at Maersk, Lutz Sculer CEO at Virgin Media, Jeff Dodds COO at Virgin Media, March Nohr Group CEO Miroma Agencies, George Paterson Managing Director at HSBC Global Tech Investments, discussing the topic "Purpose-Driven Leadership"
Leadership Plasticity and Neruogenesis, with Cyril Legrand
This ability has to be instilled and nurtured in the core of the organisation, its people. To enable people to adapt, leadership has to change how they think by activating brain plasticity, or reactivating silent brain networks.
Leading with purpose: How purpose drives performance
Our new Vodcast “Leading with Purpose: How Purpose Drives Performance” explores how Virgin Media has embedded purpose in the organization, how the Oxford Leadership program (Leading with Purpose) has boosted their eNPS scores, and the story behind being a purpose-driven company (& team).
Trends in Leadership Development, with Ricardo Sookdeo
During our annual global conference we had the pleasure to get some insights from Ricardo Sookdeo - ( Head of Talent, A.P. Møller - Mærsk) on “Trends in Leadership Development” and “What differentiates Oxford Leadership from other consultancies”
Leadership webinar: How Purpose Drives Performance
What are the skills and attributes that leaders need to grow exponentially?
Thoughts from the blog
Accelerating growth with the SML® Online Programme
BBH London implemented the Self-Managing Leadership® (SML®) Online Programme as part of their BBH University Course: AMPLIFY YOUR DIFFERENCE. ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH.
Reflection: Are you hiding behind your social attributes?
You are not the title on your business card, the car you drive, the exotic vacations, nor the clothes you wear. But it’s so common to prop up our identity with social attributes, especially with social media and people caring more about getting the perfect picture of the beach than actually enjoying it.
Leading yourself through the eye of the storm
Human beings are amazing. The COVID-19 pandemic will eventually pass. Medical science will save the day. At huge personal risk and cost, our heroes, the frontline doctors & nurses, supply chain workers, supermarket workers and other essential toilers, will get us through.
Story telling through the lens of coaching – why are you telling me this?
We are telling ourselves and others stories all the time. Stories can be a few words or just non-verbal communication.
How purpose supports your leadership in a VUCA world
As we move into a new, exciting yet scary era of exponential change and disruption we can’t rely on the old ways of leading and organising our businesses and society.
A “happily ever after” starts with analysing your “once upon a time”
What is your Story?... We all grow up with a narrative that describes our place in the world—our own personal story and unique series of life events. These stories manifest themselves through the beliefs about ourselves, and the world around us. We need a story because it defines who we are and how we show up.
How purpose drives performance in organisations
Helping senior leadership teams and executives to lead ‘with a sense of responsibility for the whole’ has been our essential purpose for more than two decades.So, it’s pleasing to see that ‘Purpose- driven business’ has become a monumental movement.
7 Characteristics of Leadership 4.0 – What successful leaders do
Recently, I have received many questions of whether I could clearly differentiate traditional leadership and Leadership 4.0 (what some are calling “digital leaders”), so I am providing a short synopsis of insights and observations in context with what is perceived as a new phenomenon.
3 Principles for embracing the weQ trend
The sharing economy, weQ, cooperation, co-creation, and community are key principles of weQuality trends. In the midst of a social cultural change, new principles are created for our working world. The enormous upheaval is readily visible.
Leadership 4.0 in the “Digital Age”
Today “Digital Leadership” or “Leadership 4.0” is one of the latest buzzword within organisation boardrooms. But what does it mean? Essentially, it is a type of leadership that is fast-paced, cross-hierarchical, responsive, cooperative, and team-oriented.
Leadership challenges in the V.U.C.A world
I work with many outstanding leaders with extraordinary competencies; they are brilliant people from whom I’ve learned a great deal. I am grateful and privileged to be able to work with people like this.
Leadership 4.0: adapting organisations in a rapidly evolving world
How do you lead an organization today? Political and social upheaval combined with technological revolution are fundamentally altering the leadership landscape and changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
4 Rules of leading high-performance teams
One of the major mistakes people make while managing teams is thinking of them as something mechanical, like machines that work perfectly when geared.
Purpose-driven leadership for turbulent times
Today, organisations are frequently dealing with rapid changes and complex challenges. To survive and excel in this new, volatile environment, we need to apply a more purpose-driven approach to leadership and organisations.
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