Professor of Leadership/Leadership Practice


The School seeks to recruit either a Professor of Leadership or Professor of Leadership practice. The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar or have senior executive experience with an international profile in the field of leadership and demonstrable expertise in executive education. 

The Professor of Leadership will have an exceptional track-record in publishing in highly-ranked scholarly journals, focused within the broad domain of leadership. It is anticipated that the candidate will have engaged actively with organizational policy and practice. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen the Business School’s research capacity and contribute effectively to the School’s ambitious Executive Education strategy that works collaboratively with adjacent faculties at King’s and includes plans for an Executive MBA. 

The Professor of Leadership Practice will have substantial leadership experience in senior executive roles, consultancy or executive education, along with a publications record that demonstrates thought-leadership in the field, for example including leadership books and/or articles in relevant internationally-renowned practitioner journals.  

​​​​​​​The post holder will play an important role in driving forward our ambitious agenda in executive education in collaboration with other faculties, for example in our planned Executive MBA and short executive courses.  The postholder will also be expected to contribute to teaching and the design of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, focusing on leadership.

The post holder will be joining a vibrant and ambitious Business School, where there are additional opportunities to take a major leadership role and enhance the profile of the School with external stakeholders. An appetite to develop the activities of the School; notably in building collaborative global networks, supporting the delivery of high performing programmes, promoting interdisciplinarity and research excellence, and ensuring student satisfaction, are highly desirable.

Role purpose

  • Build strong working relationships with the Business School’s Leadership Team, Professional Services Management Team and colleagues across the Faculty and wider university 

  • To take a lead role in enhancing the reputation of the Business School in the field of leadership, including developing/delivering signature online continuing professional development courses, executive master’s and executive education programmes.  

  • To contribute to the School’s research profile and reputation through publication in top international journals and participation in the major academic, or practitioner networks (as Professor of Leadership), and participation in the major academic or practitioner networks.

  • To take a leading role in the design and delivery of executive level courses.

  • To take a role in the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

  • To contribute to the academic leadership of the School as requested by the Executive Dean.

  • Lead and sustain top-quality research activity through a portfolio of individual and/or joint research projects and to secure the funding required for this research as required (Professor of Leadership) or demonstrate sustained thought-leadership in the domain of leadership through conducting practice-led research projects (Professor of Leadership Practice).

  • Supervise, guide and support postgraduate research students and/or research staff.

  • Attend meetings and internationally recognized academic and practitioner conferences to present research findings and thereby enhance the national and international standing of the School

  • Take responsibility for the planning, organisation and delivery of both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities within the School.

  • Develop and use a variety of methods to assess student learning and provide .

Role profile

Key responsibilities and objectives of the job

  • Contribute to the ongoing development and design of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning

  • Maintain and develop appropriate external networks and understanding of client expectations; horizon scanning will be an incredibly important factor.
  • Participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely an appropriate feedback to students to support their learning

  • Engage in professional development as appropriate

  • Contribute to the development of junior colleagues through guidance and mentoring

  • Accept academic responsibility within the Faculty, involving school administrative responsibilities in respect of student services, student recruitment and advice as well as participating in aspects of Faculty governance on Faculty committees

  • To contribute to the School’s research profile and reputation through publication in top international journals and participation in the major academic networks (Professor of Leadership) or publication in leading practitioner journals and networks (Professor of Leadership Practice).

  • Act as personal tutor to students as agreed with the Head of Group and assist with difficulties, e.g. learning support problems

  • To take a role in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the School in accordance with established School practice

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Executive Dean and Head of Group 

  • Provide feedback that is timely, relevant and appropriate.

  • To carry out leadership and administration duties as required in support of the Executive Dean and Vice-Deans.


Communication and network

  • Disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences using appropriate media and methods to promote understanding

  • Communicate with students through the e-learning platform

  • Lead and develop internal networks

  • Participate in and develop external networks

  • Provide expert opinion to external organisations where appropriate


Service delivery

  • Provide specialist or professional advice to students

  • Independently provide advice and deal with queries of a specialist nature, interpret student requirements

  • Give support to colleagues in dealing with queries and monitoring service objectives and standards 

  • Contribute towards setting the required levels of service


Decision making, planning and problem solving

  • Identify programme development needs and propose how these should be achieved

  • Design, deliver and assess modules through conventional means and through e-learning

  • Advise on strategic issues such as student recruitment and marketing

  • Take responsibility for administrative duties such as admissions, time-tabling, examinations, attendance et cetera

  • Ensure student needs and expectations are met 

  • Manage projects relating to own area of research/practice

  • Collaborate with colleagues on implementation of assessment procedures

  • Contribute to accreditation and quality control processes

  • Develop ideas for generating income, promoting the subject, disseminating and applying the results of scholarship


Analysis and research

  • Contribute towards the Business School’s continued excellence in research and impact, including developing relevant research objectives and preparing research proposals 

  • Extend, transform and apply knowledge required from scholarship to teaching, research and appropriate external activities

  • Contribute to the development of research strategies

  • Contribute towards identifying sources of funding and the process of those securing funds

  • Seek to secure impact for research findings


Teamwork, teaching and learning support 

  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify and respond to student needs both on campus and in the e-learning environment

  • Act as a responsible team member, leading where agreed, and developing productive working relationship with others

  • Use appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods

  • Supervise student projects

  • Collaborate with colleagues across departments to deliver programmes and contribute to the planning, design and development of objectives and material

  • Design teaching material and deliver across a range of modules within subject area

  • Identify areas of current provision in need of revision or improvement

  • Set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide feedback to students 

  • Create and ensure a supportive and reflective teaching environment, including the promotion of debate and discussion across faculties, to ensure good educational practice

Organisational chart


Professor            Head of Group            Executive Dean