Did the boom in the "leadership market" (books, courses and organizational practice) help cause the global financial crisis? Is a simplistic focus on remuneration/incentives - with some attention displaced onto "governance" and "regulation" (second- and third- order attempts to correct dysfunctional leadership) - concealing something from us? This lecture suggests that the gulf between contemporary human studies and economics is still too wide: common attitudes towards leadership are already contributing to the next crisis.
After working for 18 years as a consultant, director and then deputy chairman of an international executive search firm (Saxton Bampfylde) advising boards across the private, public, voluntary and academic sectors, Douglas Board became chair of a national charity (the Refugee Council) and founded a specialist career advice boutique (Maslow's Attic Ltd). After receiving degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard University he worked in the field of health spending and banking regulation at the H M Treasury. Board is due to complete a doctorate in management in 2010 and is an Honorary Visiting Scholar for the Centre for Performance at Work.