There are different leadership styles and personal leadership qualities may be needed in different circumstances.

Discover our factsheets and reports on leadership styles and skills, effective leaders, transformational leadership and leading teams. Listen to our podcasts to keep up to date with the latest trends in leadership.

Factsheets

Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

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Factsheets
Leadership in the workplace
The basics of leadership and how to develop leaders in the workplace

Guides

Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

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Guides
Supporting your workforce through a crisis event
Key considerations and resources to help you support your people in exceptional times
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HRD to NED: How to advance your career
Advice on planning for and finding your first NED position, and delivering impact in your new role

Reports

Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

12 Reports about Leadership
Reports
What is purposeful leadership?
Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Research Adviser for the CIPD, unpacks the meaning of purposeful leadership.
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Why is purposeful leadership important?
Wilson Wong, Head of Insight and Futures at the CIPD, underscores the importance of this concept.
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What is the qualitative aspect of the study?
Learn more about the research and key findings in this interview with Patrick Brione, Head of Policy and Research, IPA
Reports
Purposeful leadership
This report conceptualises a construct of purposeful leadership and investigates the impact it has on various employee and organisational outcomes
Reports
Inclusive leadership
Research, commissioned by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei), looks at how organisations understand inclusive leadership
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Employee Outlook: Focus on managers
Employee satisfaction levels are increasing. Discover how positive line manager behaviour can affect employees and contribute to high-performance workplaces
Reports
Experiencing trustworthy leadership
Examines how followers experience trustworthy senior leaders within the context of practice, process, actions and behaviours
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Tackling the barriers to leadership
An exploration of the systemic barriers to leadership illustrated through case studies
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Effective leadership and management in SMEs
Examines what organisational transitions mean for leadership and management in the SME context
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Leadership – easier said than done
Explores the capacity of individuals at all levels of an organisation to buy into and lead on the organisational agenda
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Cultivating trustworthy leaders
Examines the HR systems and processes in organisations that cultivate trustworthy leaders
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Real-life leaders: Closing the knowing-doing gap
Opens the debate on the barriers preventing organisations from getting closer to effective leadership

Case studies

Learn from real world examples of how other people professionals and organisations work with the CIPD to approach key challenges and objectives.

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Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Barry Hoffman
Case study advice on finding the right NED role and understanding your accountability as a board member
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Valerie Gordon-Walker
Case study advice on gaining broad experiences to position yourself for a NED position
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Simon Linares
Case study advice on deciding whether a NED role is for you and the difference between executive and non-executive roles
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Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Louise Wilson
Case study advice on understanding the time commitment of a NED role and the skills you need to act as a ‘critical friend’
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Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Jean Tomlin OBE
Case study advice on finding a NED role that shares your values and how to make an immediate impact
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED
A case study series giving advice from senior HR leaders who have successfully moved to non-executive director roles
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Lynne Weedall
Case study advice on thinking through your aspirations to become a NED, what you hope to achieve and what value you will bring

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

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Thought leadership
Responsible business: Leading the way
A thought leadership and podcast series exploring how responsible business and leadership have changed since the pandemic
Thought leadership
Building responsible leadership for the future
We discuss how leading through crisis has shaped the way we address new challenges
Thought leadership
The role of responsible business in tackling the climate crisis
Lessons on integrating sustainability into your organisation’s purpose
Thought leadership
Leadership through crisis: Can one person do it all?
We discuss how collaboration and authenticity are key for responsible leaders of the future
Thought leadership
What leading through the pandemic has taught us about trust
We discuss what it takes to create high-trust environments
Thought leadership
What does it mean to be a responsible business in a post-pandemic world?
What has changed in the way we work and lead since COVID-19?
Thought leadership
The new rules of work: How the psychological contract is evolving
We discuss the role leaders play in creating a workplace community
Thought leadership
Has COVID-19 changed responsible business forever?
Will the leadership lessons learnt help with new challenges?
Thought leadership
Ukraine: Leadership lessons for a crisis
What we learned through COVID-19 can support us in current times
Thought leadership
Leadership through COVID-19: How has the pandemic changed leadership for the future?
A recap of senior leaders’ responses to the pandemic in 2020 prompts thinking about the leadership challenges in 2021
Thought leadership
Once-in-a-generation opportunity to build better work
How can the people profession use its position to shape a fairer, more human-centric, post-COVID working world?
Thought leadership
People Profession 2030: why leaders have a pivotal role to play in the future world of work
Discusses how leadership will impact future organisational changes
Thought leadership
Responsible business through crisis
Seven months since lockdown, what have we learnt about responsible business, leadership and trust?
Thought leadership
Coronavirus and the workforce: leading through a crisis
How to build organisational resilience during and beyond COVID-19
Thought leadership
What can we learn from corporate longevity?
What common attributes underpin the success of the most enduring companies from around the world? We examine four of those, as well as a worker co-op, to find out

Podcasts

Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

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Podcasts
What do you do with broken trust?
Episode 186: As scandals and failed leadership continue to make daily headlines, it is little wonder that trust in organisations may be at an all-time low. Is this something that can be fixed, especially if there have been mistakes?

Webinars

Webinar recordings providing expert guidance

5 Webinars about Leadership
Webinars
In conversation with William Madden
Watch our CIPD Mid West Region webinar on the future of HR and the people profession
Webinars
Securing long-term leadership commitment
Anti-racism stays on the agenda: Advice and strategies for getting anti-racism onto the board and leadership agenda
Webinars
Creating a pro-inclusive leadership plan
Watch the second webinar in our three-part series as Frank Douglas and Dev Modi discuss how HR leaders can create a more inclusive workplace culture
Webinars
In conversation with Peter Cheese and David Collings
CIPD LIVE webinar series: Leadership in a virtual environment
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Leading and communicating through crisis
Watch our webinar on how to get your communication right during the coronavirus pandemic

Evidence review

Evidence reviews enable you to ask the critical questions and use evidence for better decision-making.

1 Evidence review about Leadership
Evidence review
High-performing teams: An evidence review
Explore the latest research on how to create a positive environment to build and nurture effective teams

Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

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Bitesize research
Self-care for leaders to drive health and performance
Good leadership is important for organisational performance and employee outcomes, but what toll does this take on the leader?
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Leadership gender affects support provided for domestic abuse survivors
Workplace support for survivors of domestic abuse is more likely to be in place where female leaders are in decision-making positions
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Impact of AI on gender bias in leadership
An investigation on how generative AI tools can impact gender bias in leadership training
For Members
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Designing an effective leader development plan
This research explores the common features of a successful leader development plan
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The positive impact of quality leadership on employee wellbeing and performance
A look at how leadership can influence wellbeing and productivity to drive performance
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Gender diversity in leadership
Exploring the benefits of women in leadership and how to improve gender diversity in management
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Female leadership in higher education institutions
Exploring female leaders’ experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK 
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Narcissistic leaders in the workplace
What causes narcissism at work and how can we tackle it?
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Adapting leader mindsets for a changing workplace
Challenging five assumptions about modern working practices
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Leading by example
The role of strong character in a post pandemic workplace
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Effective virtual leadership
Technology is important, but it's a strong leader and structure that determine the success of a virtual team
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Leadership in a crisis during COVID-19
Leadership in a crisis during COVID-19
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Can CEOs make a difference in large public sector organisations?
Investigating the impact of CEOs in the public sector
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Ensuring ethnic diversity at the top of organisations
Are FTSE organisations on track to meet their diversity targets?
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Using ‘leadership’
Is it time to re-think our use of the term ‘leadership’?
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Ticking a box or valuing difference: leader perspectives on D&I
Explore the factors that influence an approach to D&I at work
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Diversity at the top
Find out how to develop diverse leadership teams
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The modern workplace leader
Find out why humility is so important in today’s leaders
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The benefits of humble leadership
See how ‘letting go’ can help people find meaning
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Would you still be a leader if it didn’t matter?
Read this exploration of leaders’ motivations
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Leading by example? Keeping middle managers on board
Read about the importance of supportive leaders
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How more women can get to the top
Understand what motivates women in top jobs
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Effective leadership – it’s all in the mind
Gain some insights on different ways of thinking
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How failure can foster future leaders
Find out how to embrace and learn from failure
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The role of empathy in being a good leader
Examine the link between empathy and effective leadership
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Identifying entrepreneurial leaders – challenge the stereotypes
Discover which interview questions to ask to help you identify entrepreneurial leaders
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Working across cultures – leading the way
Get tips on delivering tailored, cross-cultural leadership training
For Members
Bitesize research
What’s holding back leadership learning?
Organisations need 'fertile soil' for 'seeds' of training intervention to grow
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