Thursday 23 May 2013
10am - 4.30pm

There have long been calls for better leadership in the public services. Decision-makers at all levels in public service organisations are now expected to demonstrate not only efficient management but also effective leadership. This includes the setting of high professional standards, motivating and developing staff, and the stimulating of change and innovation. But the field of leadership continues to evolve, with important new themes emerging that challenge mainstream conceptions of leadership practice.

Researchers from the University of Greenwich Business School invite practitioners and academics to a day-seminar to discuss new insights from research and leadership practice. The key themes will be:

* positive and mindful leadership
* relational ambivalence between leaders and followers (loving and hating your manager)
* leading within new forms of organisation (both complex and simple).

This will be an interactive seminar, with an emphasis on discussion of the implications of new ideas for leadership practice, and with ample space and opportunity for colleagues to network.

PDF files for the programme

Lewis Keynote Address
Barrett Positive and Mindful leadership
Coulson Thomas note on transforming public services
Coulson Thomas New Leadership for Transforming Public Services
McGurk Developing leaders in the public services


The keynote address at the start of the seminar will be given by Sir Leigh Lewis on 'Future Challenges for Public Service Leaders'. Leigh is the former Permanent Secretary of the Department of Work and Pensions, and now a Visiting Research Fellow at the Business School.

Workshops: Delegates will be asked to attend two workshops throughout the day spanning the three key themes: positive leadership: relational ambivalence; and new versus old organisations. The workshops present the opportunity to discuss new academic work on leadership with researchers Sheila Barrett, David Gray, Kyle Ingram and Patrick McGurk.

The plenary at the end of the day will pull the main lessons of the seminar together and discuss ways of continuing the dialogue between practitioners and researchers.

Format of the day

0930-1000 Coffee and Registration
1000-1045 Key note address
1045-1100 Coffee and networking
1100-1230 Workshop 1
1230-1330 Lunch and Networking
1330-1500 Workshop 2
1500-1515 Tea and Networking
1515-1600 Plenary
1600-1630 Drinks and networking

Organisers / Discussants:

Dr Colin J Coulson-Thomas
Sheila Barrett
Professor David Gray

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Thursday 23 May 2013 10am - 4.30pm


Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ

Conference fee

General Fee: £50
PhD Student Fee: £25
Greenwich Business School Students & Staff: Free

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This workshop is being hosted in Hamilton House, located a short walk from our Greenwich Campus, Old Royal Naval College. Hamilton House promotes excellent transport links from both Overground and DLR trains.

Hamilton House is located opposite the Royal Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park will be host to Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian competitions in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Borough of Greenwich is steeped in history. East meets West on the Meridian Line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated.

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