Dr Valerie SteadSenior Lecturer in Management Learning and Leadership
My research interests include gender and leadership, women's leadership and the learning of leadership. Taking a critical approach I draw on ideas of gender and power to explore the interrelations between micro level and macro level practices that shape individuals’ practice and learning of leadership. Through conducting empirical research I examine the dynamics of leadership learning in the workplace, to inform leadership and leadership development theory and practice. Current research projects include an ESRC funded seminar series with Durham, Bradford and Northumbria Universities 'Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders.'
I established and co-ordinate the research forum, the Academy for Women, Diversity and Leadership.
I am the departmental Director of Teaching. I teach on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. My teaching includes research methods, consulting, learning design and dynamics, gender and leadership.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising PhD students who wish to study gender and leadership, women's leadership, leadership learning, in particular from sociological and critical perspectives, including within the entrepreneurial context.
Selected Publications Show all 40 publications
The gendered power relations of action learning: a critical analysis of women's reflections on a leadership development programme
Stead, V. 2014 In: Human Resource Development International. 17, 4, p. 416-437. 22 p.
Learning to deploy (in)visibility: an examination of women leaders’ lived experiences
Stead, V. 2013 In: Management Learning. 44, 1, p. 63-79. 17 p.
Women's leadership learning: a reflexive review of representations and leadership teaching
Stead, V., Elliott, C. 09/2013 In: Management Learning. 44, 4, p. 373-394. 22 p.
Stead, V., Elliott, C.J. 2009 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781403998750.
Research futures: women, diversity and management learning
Swan, S.E., Stead, V., Elliott, C.J. 2009 In: Management Learning. 40, 4, p. 431-437. 7 p.
Learning from leading women's experience: towards a sociological understanding
Elliott, C.J., Stead, V. 2008 In: Leadership. 4, 2, p. 159-180. 22 p.
Battle of the Sexes: Leadership in the 21st Century
Advancing theories of women and leadership: 2nd generation gender bias
Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Women on company boards. How Norway use Quotas.
Women and Leadership; a relational lens