Dr Valerie SteadSenior Lecturer in Leadership and Management
Stimulated by the persistent global challenge of women's under-representation in positions of power my research interests lie at the intersection of leadership studies, leadership learning and gender studies. Adopting critical approaches I draw on ideas of gender and power to examine multi-level interrelational dynamics between the individual, the organisation and the social that shape leadership practice and learning of leadership. My current research on gender, media and leadership includes examining the mobilisation of textual and visual representations of women's leadership in the media following on from the successful ESRC funded seminar series Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders with Roehampton, Newcastle and Bradford Universities.
I established and am Director of the research forum, the Academy for Gender, Work 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.
UNESCO Visiting Scholar, George Washington University, Garaduate School of Education and Human Development
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 48 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