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Professor Jonathan Gosling

Leadership Studies

University of Exeter



Jonathan Gosling is Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter Business School. He holds an Otto Monsted Visiting Professorship at Copenhagen Business School (2013/14), and has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development at INSEAD, France, as well as a Visiting Professor at McGill University, Quebec, and at Lund University, Sweden. Trained as an anthropologist, he worked for several years as a mediator in neighbourhood conflicts in London, founded the UK‘s first community mediation service and was the founding Secretary of the European Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. After taking a mid-career MBA, he moved into management education at Lancaster University, on the MBA and other programmes for major companies. He co-founded, with Henry Mintzberg and three other malcontents, a new approach to management education, the International Masters in Practising Management.  He also played a significant role in the so-called ‘critical management’ movement, launching an influential MPhil and PhD and contributing to the development of specialist conferences and interest groups.  He conceived and co-founded the One Planet MBA at Exeter, and his commitment to workplace-based learning is expressed in CoachingOurselves.com .   

Jonathan has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Leadership, Management Learning, Organization, Corporate Governance, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and in many more practice-oriented outlets. His books include ‘Nelson‘s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Commander’ (2005), ‘Key Concepts in Leadership’ (2008), ‘Foundations in Leadership: articles in celebration of John Adair (2008), ‘Exploring Leadership: individual, organisational and societal perspectives’ (2012), ‘Leadership: Key concepts’ (2012) and ‘Fictional Leaders: heroes, villains and absent friends’ (2013).

Jonathan advises several companies, international agencies and government departments on their leadership-related issues. He is a Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust, the Leadership Trust Foundation, and the Singapore Civil Service College; on the Advisory Board of the UK Defence Academy, a co-director of the European Leadership Centre.

He is currently researching the leadership of malaria elimination programmes, of sustainable supply chains in China, and of professional organisations in melt-down (universities, consultancies, accountancy and consultancy firms, etc).

Jonathan races fast catamarans and a slow cruiser. This means his weekends are seldom dry, as one boat is wet and the other well provisioned.