Identity Leadership: Why It Is Important And How To Apply It

Organised by the University of Durham as a part of the Laidlaw Global Talks Series.

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This event is a part of the #LaidlawGlobalTalks Series, in which partner universities invite speakers to share their leadership journeys and issues pertinent to their experience in order to support the development of Laidlaw Scholars as next generation leaders. 

Date: Tuesday, 30th of June 2020 from 4pm – 5.30pm (BST) [11am – 12.30pm (US Eastern)]

Presenter: Professor Robert Lord (Durham University Business School)

Facilitator: Suzanne Auty


Professor Robert Lord (Durham University Business School), will lay out a framework explaining how an individual's active identity influences cognitive processes associated with perceiving others and regulating their own behaviour.  He will discuss how leaders can have an important effect on follower identities, and vice versa, and how this is an important mechanism for a leader's influence.  In addition to explaining this framework, he will also examine how early career identities develop and are related to leadership; and will also address identity conflict, such as between gender and leadership.

Speaker Details:

Robert G. Lord is a professor at the Durham University Business School. He has published over 125 articles and book chapters and two books focusing on leadership. His work applies social cognitive and self-regulatory approaches to understanding leadership perception, leadership behaviour, and leaders’ effects on others. His work on leadership categorization theory and implicit leadership theories (Lord and Maher, 1991, Leadership and Information Processing:  Linking Perceptions and Organizational Performance) is a cornerstone of work on leadership perceptions; and his work on identity, self-regulation and leadership (Lord and Brown, 2004, Leadership processes and follower self-identity) has helped to integrate leader and follower processes.  He received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2012, the Leadership Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award for Career Contributions to the Study of Leadership in 2009, and the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.  He has been the director of the Durham University Centre for Leadership and Followership since 2014.


Durham University

The University of Durham joined the Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme in 2017. This visionary programme builds on Lord Laidlaw’s commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education. It gives undergraduate students the research, leadership and networking skills they will need to achieve their academic and professional goals in the future.