Richard  Bolden Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Richard Bolden

University of the West of England

My research explores the interface between individual and collective approaches to leadership and leadership development and how they contribute towards social change within organizations and communities. Particular interests include distributed leadership; systems leadership, complexity and change; leadership in higher education; worldly leadership; and leadership development evaluation.


I joined UWE in November 2013 as Professor of Leadership and Management and became Director of Bristol Leadership Centre in 2014. Prior to UWE I worked at the University of Exeter, spending over 10 years at the Centre for Leadership Studies and two years at the School of Education. Previous jobs have included software development and research psychologist. My academic background is in Leadership Studies and Organisational Psychology. I teach and supervise students on a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and doctoral programmes. My research interests include distributed leadership, leadership in higher education, cross-cultural perspectives on leadership and identity processes in leadership development. I am Associate Editor of the journal Leadership (Sage), Fellow of the Lancaster Leadership Centre and Research Advisor to the Singapore Civil Service College.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Distributed/shared leadership, Leadership in Higher Education, Cross-cultural leadership, Leadership development evaluation, Systems leadership



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