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Since the impressive no. of Olympic medals brought home by Team GB from Rio 2016, increased attention has focused on what contributed to that success and the  potential learning for non-sporting organisations . Our report, Elusive X, published in 2016, explored what contributed  to that success.   Resilience was identified as a key contributor, and since, 2016, The Institute of Leadership & Management, has continued to investigate what resilience means for leadership and the benefits individuals, teams and the wider organisation may gain from developing their own resilience. 

Join our conference to hear the latest thinking on the importance of resilience for leadership from those three perspectives: the individual, the team and the organisation



Kate Cooper

Head of Research

Kate shapes an innovative research programme at The Institute of Leadership & Management designed to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens. Her role is informed by her career as a senior academic in a university business school, focusing on strategy, leadership and professional development. 

Kate is also a conference keynote speaker, internationally, and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio, is a Forbes contributor and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.

Catherine Hayes

Managing partner at Transition Dynamics

Catherine Hayes is managing partner at Transition Dynamics where she specialises in supporting leaders to develop their transition leadership capabilities and build sustainable infrastructures, to deliver tangible results.
She combines her business experience with applied research in organisational and clinical psychology, to create diagnostic tools that support leaders and their workforces to understand the complexities of their transitional challenges.  

She also runs the Executive MBA Transition Leadership Series at Cass Business School.

Elesa Zehndorfer

PhD, Researcher & Writer, Quora Top Writer 2018 & 2017,
author of 'Evolution, Politics and Charisma: Why Populists Win (Routledge, Feb 2019)', former Amazon Hot New Release 'The Physiology of Emotional and Irrational Investing: Causes and Solutions' (Routledge, 2018); 'Charismatic Leadership.' (Routledge, 2015) and Leadership: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2014).

Doug Strycharczyk Managing Director at AQR

Doug is the CEO for AQR International - founded in 1989, AQR is now recognised as one of the most innovative (and fast growing) test publishers in the world working in more than 80 countries.
AQR established its reputation initially as a leader in Team Building and Leadership Development. His work has been featured on BBC Television where Prof John Adair described the material as "highly effective".
In recent years, Doug has worked with Professor Peter Clough to define mental toughness and to create the world's leading measure of mental toughness. Doug is now recognised as a leading authority on the application of mental toughness to organisations of all types and to the world of education.