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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



Doug Strycharczyk Managing Director at AQR

Doug Strycharczyk is CEO of the global test publisher AQR International. 

He has helped to define and create a measure of mental toughness and is recognised as an authority on its application in the workplace, education, sport and social settings. 

Doug is also the author of a number of books on mental toughness, resilience, employability and coaching and is a regular conference speaker on these subjects. He is currently working towards a PhD which examines the neuroscience behind mental toughness in order to further improve the model. 


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

Elesa Zehndorfer Ph.D    Writer, researcher and author

Research Officer, British MENSA    Elesa is a Quora Top Writer 2017 & 2018 and 
author of her most recent book, ‘Evolution, Politics and Charisma: Why Populists Win’. 

Elesa has also authored books on leadership and finance and is passionate about the role of physiology in the shaping our political and financial realities.