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Systems leadership in practice: Thematic insights from three public health case studies (2020)
Journal Article
Bigland, C., Evans, D., Bolden, R., & Rae, M. (2020). Systems leadership in practice: Thematic insights from three public health case studies. BMC Public Health, 20, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09641-1

Background: ‘Systems leadership’ has emerged as a key concept in global public health alongside such related concepts as ‘systems thinking’ and ‘whole systems approaches.’ It is an approach that is well suited to issues that require collective actio... Read More about Systems leadership in practice: Thematic insights from three public health case studies.

Leadership, authenticity and representation in troubled times (2020)
Presentation / Conference
Bolden, R., Oliver, T., & Edwards, G. (2020, November). Leadership, authenticity and representation in troubled times. Paper presented at ILA 22nd Annual Global Conference

In this paper we draw on insights from political science and leadership studies to explore how dynamics of representation play out within place-based leadership. We focus on a case study of Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol’s response to the topplin... Read More about Leadership, authenticity and representation in troubled times.

Leading to achieve social change: An interview with Ruth Hunt, former Chief Executive Officer of Stonewall (2020)
Journal Article
Bolden, R., Williams, R., & O’Regan, N. (2021). Leading to achieve social change: An interview with Ruth Hunt, former Chief Executive Officer of Stonewall. Journal of Management Inquiry, 30(1), 91-97. https://doi.org/10.1177/1056492620935192

In this interview Ruth Hunt, former CEO of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall and now crossbench peer at the House of Lords, discusses her approach to leadership for social change. She considers the changing context of LGBT rig... Read More about Leading to achieve social change: An interview with Ruth Hunt, former Chief Executive Officer of Stonewall.

The fall of Edward Colston and the rise of inclusive place-based leadership (2020)
Digital Artefact
Bolden, R. (2020). The fall of Edward Colston and the rise of inclusive place-based leadership. [Blog post]

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA triggered a wave of protests about racial inequality across the world. In Bristol, UK, it led to the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader. The respon... Read More about The fall of Edward Colston and the rise of inclusive place-based leadership.

The rhetoric and reality of systems leadership (2020)
Presentation / Conference
Bolden, R. (2020, May). The rhetoric and reality of systems leadership. Presented at The Future of Leadership, Kings College London

Heralded as a means for improving collaboration and alignment between agencies, communities and providers, ‘system(s) leadership’ is becoming increasingly advocated in public services. In the clamour and enthusiasm with which it has been embraced, ho... Read More about The rhetoric and reality of systems leadership.

Leadership, complexity and change: Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic (2020)
Digital Artefact
Bolden, R. (2020). Leadership, complexity and change: Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic

The rise of populism in the last few years has led to a "them vs us" worldview. COVID-19 seems to have reset the dial on this – fostering calls of compassion, solidarity, and collective action. What are the lessons we can take from this and how will... Read More about Leadership, complexity and change: Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hybridity in higher education: Implications for leadership and management practice (2020)
Book Chapter
Winter, R., & Bolden, R. (2020). Hybridity in higher education: Implications for leadership and management practice. In C. Rochester, & D. Billis (Eds.), Handbook on Hybrid Organizations (169-185). Edward Elgar Publishing

Our chapter critically explores the nature of hybridity in higher education institutions (HEI) and the implications for leadership practice. We define hybridity as a boundary condition in HEI whereby competing values and diverse institutional logics... Read More about Hybridity in higher education: Implications for leadership and management practice.