Professor Valerie Stead

Professor in Leadership and Management

Research Overview

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 and Bradford Universities.

I established and am Director of the research forum, the Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership.

Selected 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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Women's Leadership
Stead, V., Elliott, C.J. 2009 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781403998750.
Book

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

18th International Studying Leadership Conference
Participation in conference

International Leadership Association 21st Annual Global Conference
Participation in conference

British Academy of Management Conference
Participation in conference

Bourdieu and Research in Organization and Management Studies Symposium
Participation in conference

35th EGOS Colloquium
Participation in conference

International Leadership Association Women's Leadership Affinity Conference
Participation in conference

International Leadership Association Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Women and (In)visibility; examining women middle managers’ experiences
Invited talk

EGOS Colloquium
Participation in conference

Gender Matters
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Media and construction of women’s leadership representations
Invited talk

Work and Organization 10th Biennial Conference
Participation in conference

Leadership and entrepreneurial capacity building for women in Africa’ Next generation Leadership regional Conference
Participation in conference

Women and Leadership in the 21st century
Invited talk

JMS Conference ‘Diversity Perspective on Management: Towards more complex conceptualizations of diversity in management studies
Participation in conference

African Academy of Management Conference
Participation in conference

British Academy of Management 2017
Participation in conference

10th Critical Management Studies Conference
Participation in conference

AMJ Paper and Ideas Development Workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Women and Leadership Webinar Series
Other

Academy of Management Journal Paper and Ideas Development Workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Gender and Leadership; Challenges and Future Directions
Invited talk

15th International Studying Leadership Conference
Participation in conference

32nd EGOS Colloquium
Participation in conference

ESRC Seminar Multi-disciplinary Approaches:Developing Research Priorities and Impact
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Institute for Family Business Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium
Participation in conference

Developing Women’s Leadership: Theory and Practice
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

14th International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC)
Participation in conference

International Leadership Association’s 17th Annual Global Conference
Participation in conference

2015 Academy of Management Meeting
Participation in conference

Diana International Conference 2015
Participation in conference

Developing Critical Leadership Research
Invited talk

Battle of the Sexes: Leadership in the 21st Century
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Epistemic Objects and Reflexive Cycles: Teaching Gender and Leadership
Invited talk

Advancing Theories of Women and Leadership (Event)
Membership of committee

George Washington University
Visiting an external academic institution

George Washington Unviersity, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Visiting an external academic institution

Women on company boards. How Norway use Quotas.
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Women and Leadership; a relational lens
Invited talk

  • People, Work and Organisation