The 20th International Studying Leadership Conference

Leadership and the future of humanity

On Sunday 11 – Tuesday 13 December 2022, the University of Sussex Business School hosted the 20th International Studying Leadership Conference in Brighton. In association with the journal Leadership, this annual event brings together leadership researchers from across the globe for critical, constructive and supportive discussions. 

Despite snow fall and transport delays, we were delighted to welcome around 100 participants from numerous countries to the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, situated along the seafront. Many contributed papers on the conference’s ambitious theme, Leadership and the future of humanity.

2022 ISLC Conference mediaThis theme reflects the conviction that whilst the serious challenges we face won’t be solved by leadership alone, leadership matters in the search for solutions and the future of humanity.

Submissions responded to the call by raising many issues of global significance, including the nature of populist leadership and leadership during the Covid pandemic. A diverse range of contributions resulted in an exciting programme, with sessions exploring leadership in relation to a wide variety of areas like sustainability, ethics, and gender and sexuality.

Dr Zahira Jaser welcomes #ISLC22 attendees

Four engaging Keynote Speeches were presented over two days by Mats Alvesson, Thomas Fischer, Donna Ladkin and Suze Wilson:

  • Mats Alvesson, Professor of Organizational Studies at Lund University, explored ‘Leader- and followership: harmony, fiction or disconnect’.
  • Thomas Fischer, Assistant Professor of Responsible Leadership at Geneva School of Economics and Management, presented an in-depth analysis on ‘Problematizing the Societal Impact of Ethical Leadership Research as a Force for System Justification’. 
  • Donna Ladkin, Professor of Inclusive Leadership at The University of Birmingham, discussed ‘Beyond A Lovesong to Whiteness: Imagining Race-Aware Leadership Theorizing’. 
  • Suze Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Management at The University of New Zealand spoke on ‘Grasping at the zeitgeist: What can an historical sensibility offer to our understanding of the present and future of leadership’.

It was a pleasure to have Edward Elgar Publishing present as our conference exhibitors. 

2022 ISLC Conference media

On Monday evening, participants enjoyed delicious food and drink at the Gala Dinner, hosted in the Hilton Brighton Metropole.

It was an honour for the Business School to host the 20th International Studying Leadership  Conference in Brighton. Congratulations to the conference co-organizers, Professor Dennis Tourish and Dr Zahira Jaser, both from the Department of Management at the University of Sussex Business School.

We would like to thank our donors, Keith Grint, Linda Sue Warner and George S. Briscoe III for their generous support that enabled a group of PhD students to participate in the conference. 

Dr Suze Wilson delivers Keynote