Professor Richard Bolden

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MA, BSc
  • Position:Professor of Leadership and Management
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 83617
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About me

I have been Professor of Leadership and Management and Director of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE) since 2013. Prior to this he worked at the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter Business School for over a decade and also as an independent consultant, research psychologist and in software development in the UK and France. 

My research explores the interface between individual and collective approaches to leadership and leadership development in a range of sectors, including higher education, healthcare and public services. I have published widely on topics including distributed, shared and systems leadership; leadership paradoxes and complexity; cross-cultural leadership; and leadership and change. I am Associate Editor of the journal Leadership and Fellow of the International Leadership Association. My latest book Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives, 2nd edition was published by Oxford University Press in March 2023.

I have secured funded research and evaluation projects for organisations including the NHS Leadership Academy, Public Health England, Advance HE, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Singapore Civil Service College and Bristol Golden Key and regularly engages with external organisations.  At UWE I lead modules on leadership, complexity and change for the EMBA and Advanced Clinical Practitioner degree apprenticeship programme and contribute to a wide range of other undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience programmes on leadership, management and change. 

I supervise doctoral projects on topic linked to leadership, complexity and change - please get in touch to find out more.

Area of expertise

Distributed, shared and systems leadership; leadership, complexity and change in cross-sector partnerships; leadership and identity; leadership in higher education; evaluation of leadership and organisation development; leadership and inclusion.


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