WMS's research expertise in leadership aims to disseminate research on leading edge practices and experiences in order to enable leaders to positively influence self, others, their organisations and wider society.


The Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) is an organisation with a mission to grow and connect socially responsible leaders in the Waikato region.

Each year, CELF runs a unique 8-week leadership development programme, delivered over the course of eight months. It brings together established leaders from different kinds of organisations, in an effort to increase the elevation and social impact of all participants.

CELF recently held their 2022 Graduation ceremony, and graduates of this leadership programme are pictured.

Recent news

Phronesis, an Apple podcast focusing on practical wisdom for Leaders offering a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Professor in Leadership, Brad Jackson (WMS) and Dr. Suze Wilson (Massey University)  collaborate on topic  'Appreciative reflection on the leadership of Jacinda Ardern'.

To listen to the podcast, click here

The Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) has developed a new research communication platform, The Context: Asia-Pacific, which communicates research relevant to New Zealand’s engagement with the Asia-Pacific, to audiences in the business, policy and education arenas. They recently interviewed Professor Brad Jackson on purpose-driven leadership. To read the interview, click here.

For the International Leadership Association network, Professor Chellie Spiller did a podcast on 'Spheres not Squares' as part of the Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leadership series.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Examples of publications

Roche, M., Shang, S., Bentley, T., Catley, B., Blackwood, K., Teo, S., & Sutton, A. (2022). Mindfulness older workers and relational leadership. Journal of Management and Organizationonline, 18 pages. doi:10.1017/jmo.2022.11

Spiller, C. (2021). ‘I AM’: Indigenous consciousness for authenticity and leadership. Leadership17(4), 491-496. doi:10.1177/1742715021999590

Kempster, S., & Jackson, B. (2021). Leadership for what, why, for whom and where? A responsibility perspective. Journal of Change Management21(1), 45-65. doi:10.1080/14697017.2021.1861721

Sun, P., & Shang, S. (2019). Personality traits and personal values of servant leaders. Leadership and Organization Development Journal40(2), 177-192. doi:10.1108/LODJ-11-2018-0406