General Leadership

'Diversity is critical for effective crisis leadership: The UK government's groupthink would never cut it in the board room of a high-performing company.', Financial Times, December 27 2020.. More...


'Random selection for top jobs is not a crazy idea. Picking any candidate from a pre-screened talent pool works well - and boosts diversity.', Financial Times, September 7. More...


'Quarterly Interview with Thinkers and Doers ft. Dr. Amanda Goodall: "Humility over hubris".' More...


'Leadership Fundamentals - The Vital Signs To Recognize In Great Management', Radar, 2020. More...


'The reasons why people become incompetent at work', BBC, June 16. More...


'Call for Covid-19 risk calculator to identify vulnerable workers' More...


Bullying bosses should examine their own ego problems, Finance Times, March 7 2020.

The tetchy leader needs to understand that people never forget abuse of hierarchical power. More...


Good intentions and purpose cannot cover up for bad bosses, Financial Times, February 2020. More...


Univision's new CEO doesn't speak Spanish, Quartz February 26, 2020 More...


Good Bosses and Bad Bosses, IEDP Developing Leaders.

Cass Business School's Dr Amanda Goodall says experts can make good bosses, and bad bosses are less common than we might imagine. More...


This is the worst kind of bad boss, according to 28,000 workers, CNBC Dec 19 2019 More...


"Only one in eight managers is 'bad' - A new study suggests that British management might not be as poor as you'd think". Management Today, 11 December More...


'Are bad bosses as commonplace as we imagine?' Financial Times, 10 December 2019 More...


'No more business as usual : Scholars need support to move teaching and research on climate change into the mainstream' Times Higher Education, 14 November 2019 More...


'Researchers obsessed with FT Journals list are failing to tackle today's problems' 8 May 2019 More...


'Formula 1 - UBS Driving Forward' More...


'On Leadership: What leaders can learn from the World Cup', Reading Eagle, July 10, 2018. More...


'Why technical experts make great leaders', Harvard Business Review Ideacast, April 25 2018. More...


'Bad bosses: what makes a good leader?', Interview for Twitter, 40 min Podcast, Apr 16 2018 More...


In the driving seat: How to evolve effective leaders of hospitals, British Medical Association - BMA News, November 2017. More...


'Hate your boss? Science says they may be missing this key trait' , CNBC, January 2017 More...


The competence of your boss will determine how happy you are at work, Business Excellence Russian business magazine, 2015. More...


Corporate peak still out of reach for most women, Financial Times, 2015.


More female MBAs needed to feed employers' leadership supply chains, Business Because (live interview) 2015.

Females outperform or are equal to men in many subject areas but a gap in pay and position widens as the careers of men and women develop.
This isn't just bad news for women, it is bad news for the economy as a whole and it appears improvements in the situation may be slowing. More...


The secret to job satisfaction? A good boss City AM Newspaper, 2014.

Having a competent manager is the single biggest determinant of job satisfaction. Bosses are everywhere. None of us can avoid them. Yet the person looking over your shoulder matters far more than is generally realised. Our study of 35,000 employees in the UK and US shows that the competence of your boss is the single strongest predictor of happiness at work. More...


Le "bon" patron sait de quoi il parle L’Express Newspaper, 2014. More...


Happiness is ... having a boss who can do your job, FT Business Blog, 2014.

"If you thought that where you worked, how much cash you made, or how well qualified you were was the main reason you were content - or otherwise - at work, think again" © Tim Moore/Alamy More...


This much I know Chartered Management Institute, 2015. More...


Note to Cleveland Cavaliers: Study says ex-players make the best coaches, 2014.

A study published in 2008 by Cornell University's ILR School and the University of Warwick suggests that former players make better coaches. More...


“European CEO” talks to Amanda Goodall about what ingredients make a good business leader. Do experts make better leaders? Live interview, 2014.

The banking crisis and economic cuts have made it even more vital for organisations to pick good leaders. But what exactly are the key ingredients for great responsibility? In recent years, a lot of emphasis has been put on charisma and dynamism in leaders. However, research suggests that expertise is equally, if not more, relevant. More. ..


Why insiders have the edge when it comes to the top job, BBC News, 2014.

When you let your colleagues know you are leaving your job the last thing you want to hear is cheers.
Yet when Steve Ballmer announced his retirement as chief executive of Microsoft in August, shareholders did exactly that, sending the shares up more than 7% More...


Sir Alex Ferguson 'expert manager and player', BBC TV interview, 2014.

Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season after 26 years in charge.
The Scot, 71, has won 38 trophies during his reign at Old Trafford and will now become a director and ambassador for the club More...


How much core business knowledge should our leaders have? One of the unanswered questions in business L'Impresa Newspaper, Italy, 2013. More...

In the fast track, Britain in 2013


Former drivers and mechanics may become better leaders because they are more familiar with all aspects of Formula 1. More...


If you want to get ahead, get an expert The Sunday Times, 2012.

Doctors should run hospitals, lawyers should run law firms, and engineers should run manufacturing businesses: organisations do best when their chief executives are experts in their fields, according to new research. More...


What makes a good boss? The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 2012.

The new boss of Clinton Cards until recently had very little to do with greetings cards and novelty gifts - his previous job was at the helm of Starbucks UK. So is a good manager a good manager regardless of industry or are the best bosses from the "shop floor"? More...


Should bankers run banks? Business Daily, BBC World Service, 2012.

"You may have heard, there's a job going at the top of Barclays, in the wake of the Libor rate-fixing scandal. We hear from an insider applying for the job who says the entire industry needs an overhaul" More...


Formula One shows real experts should be driving our companies City AM Newspaper, 2012.

Let's be clear: to be an expert leader you also have to be an expert manager. But we're accustomed to seeing Fortune 500 firms choosing charismatic general managers for senior leadership positions over core business experts. We're also used to seeing chief executives flit back and forth across industries, becoming jacks-of-all-trades, masters of none. Might our organisations be paying the price? More...


The winning Formula for success? CNN 2012.

Former top drivers, such as Jean Todt, consistently turn into successful Formula One bosses -- even when we account for factors such as the resources available to each team More...


Former drivers make better Formula One managers claim researchers The Independent Newspaper, 2012.

"Formula One team chiefs who started out as drivers or mechanics win twice as many races as rivals who are engineers or have management skills acquired outside the sport, according to research conducted by London's Cass Business School and the University of Sheffield where academics analysed almost 18,000 races in the 60+-year history of the FIA Formula One World Championship." More...


The place for managers to grow TheMarker Magazine, Haaretz, Israel, 2012. More...


Follow the Leader - What do NBA statistics tell us about the importance of ‘expert knowledge’? The American, 2008. More...


The buck stops here CNN 2006.

The study of the world's top 100 business schools, as ranked by the Financial Times Global MBA list, finds a close correlation between a school's position and the standing of the dean, as determined by his or her own academic research record More...