The quiet leader
The unexpected world of business is a podcast series by Henley Business School that explores topics you wouldn’t normally associate with business.
It’s fair to say the long-held view that leaders should be heroic and charismatic has been changing for some time. Do you have to be outgoing and extroverted to be an inspirational and effective leader?
Claire Collins, Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, discovered that a growing number of people in leadership positions are identifying as ‘quiet leaders’ – a description that encapsulates thinking from the likes of Susan Cain and Jim Collins. She joins host Mark Swain to discuss how her research argues (without shouting) against the misbelief.
Claire is the Henley Business School Director of Diversity and Inclusion and the Academic Lead of the Army Higher Education Pathway. She researches and teaches leadership and leadership development with a special interest in diversity and inclusion, quiet leadership, coaching leaders, leadership derailment and women in leadership. She has experience of working with a variety of organisational and academic clients from the private and public sectors.
Claire enjoyed a significant career outside academia before joining Henley in 2007. She has 20 years’ experience in the NHS, firstly in a scientific role and then in senior management in a large acute trust, following which she became CEO of a London law firm. She has also enjoyed some years as an independent consultant and coach and combined this with being a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Nursing Institute before joining the faculty at Henley Business School. As part of her portfolio, Claire is an accredited and experienced business coach working with a wide variety of senior clients.
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