Dr Valerie Stead

Senior Lecturer 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 Show all 55 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.

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

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