Professor Donna Ladkin

Professor Donna Ladkin

Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


Professor of Leadership and Ethics


BA in Music and Philosophy from Yale University, New Haven CT USA; 1981

MBA from Cranfield School of Management;  1987-1988
PhD in Organizational Behavior from Cranfield School of Management; 1993
MA in Environmental Philosophy from Lancaster University; 2004

Professional membership

Royal Society of Arts

American Academy of Management

Roles on external bodies

Distinguished Fellow, Schumacher Instititue

Teaching interests

Leadership, Business ethics, Organizations and sustainability, Organization theory, Research methods

Research interests

The ontology of leadership

Leadership as aesthetic and embodied practice
Best practice in teaching business ethics
Using arts-based practices within leader and manager development
The socio-material practices of sustainable and ethical organizations
Foucauldian approaches to leadership ethics

Journal Articles – Peer Reviewed

“Caringorientations:  The Normative Foundationsof the Craft of Management’ Journal of Business Ethics, 2014(in press, with Steven S. Taylor and Matt Statler)

“Leadingas Craft-work: The Role of Studio Practices in Developing Artful Leaders”,  Scandinavian Management Journal, 2014 30, pp.95-103.

“Creating Engaged Executive Learning Spaces: The Role ofAesthetic Agency”, Organizational Aesthetics, 2013 2(1), pp. 105-124.  (with Ian Sutherland).

“From Perception to flesh: A Phenomenological Account of theFelt Experience of Leadership”, Leadership, Special Issue: TheMateriality of Leadership, 2013 9(3),pp. 320-334.

“Performing Leadership: Observations from the World of Music”,AdministrativeSciences, Special Issue: Teamwork andLeadership in Organizations, 2012 2(1),pp. 99-119.  (with Ralph Bathurst).

“The Art of ‘Perceiving Correctly’: What Artists Can TeachUs About Moral Perception”, Tamara - Journal of Critical OrganizationInquiry, 2011 9(3-4), pp. 91-101.

“Leadership as Art: Theme and Variations”, Leadership,2010 6(3), pp. 235-242.  (Leadauthor, with Steven S Taylor).

“Enacting the ‘true self’: Towards a theory of embodied authenticleadership”, Leadership Quarterly, 201021(1), pp. 64-74.  (Lead author, withSteven S Taylor).

“Developing Leaders in Cyber-Space: The ParadoxicalPossibilities of On-Line Learning” Leadership, 2009 5(2), pp. 193-212.  (Lead author, with Peter Case, Patricia GayaWicks and Keith Kinsella).

“Understanding Arts-Based Methods in ManagerialDevelopment”, Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2009 8(1), pp. 55-69.  (2ndauthor with Steven S Taylor).

“Leading beautifully: How mastery, congruence and purposecreate the aesthetic of embodied leadership practice”, Leadership Quarterly, 2008 19(1), pp. 31-41.

“When Deontology and Utilitarianism Aren’t Enough: HowHeidegger’s Notion of ‘Dwelling’ Might Help Organisational Leaders Resolve EthicalIssues”, Journal of Business Ethics, 2006 65(1), pp. 87-98.


Managing the Ethical Dimensionof Organizations , Sole Author, Edward Elgar Publishers, (2015 )

The Physicality of Leadership : Breath, Bodies and Materiality in the Creation of LeadershipRelations, co-edited with Steven S. Taylor, Emerald Publishers, (2014)

Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences ,co-edited with Chellie Spiller, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2013. In final 10of the International Leadership Association’s ‘Book of the Year’ award for2013.

Rethinking Leadership: A New Look at Old Leadership Questions ,Sole Author, March 2010, Edward Elgar Publishers.  Awardedthe Integral Leadership Review’s ‘Book of 2010’ award.