Dr Valerie Stead

Senior Lecturer in Management Learning and Leadership

Research Overview

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 Roehamopton and Bradford Universities 'Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders.'

I established and co-ordinate the research forum, the Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership.

Selected Publications Show all 46 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.
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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.
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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.
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Women's Leadership
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.
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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.
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