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Dr Marian Iszatt-White


Marian Iszatt-White

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 594706

PhD supervision

Leadership as emotional labour Authentic leadership Leadership identities and identity work


After a successful career in financial risk management, latterly as Group Treasurer of Top 100 plc Enterprise Oil, Marian gained a CIPD certificate in training practice and built a business as a freelance training consultant.  On moving to Cumbria, she worked as a training consultant for an educational trust, where she specialized in the development of leadership skills, particularly in the public sector. At the same time, she completed an MSc in Organizational Behaviour at Birkbeck, including a dissertation on ‘what makes employees feel valued at work’.

She undertook her PhD research at Lancaster University, within the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, conducting an ethnomethodologically-informed ethnography of leadership in the learning and skills sector. Within this thesis, special areas of interest included leadership as ‘emotional labour’ and the idea of strategy as a ‘perennially unfinished project’. On completion of her PhD, she took up a research post within the Lancaster University Management School, where she investigated rule violation in relation to health and safety issues in the road maintenance and construction sector. As a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School's Management Development Division, she was Director of the Executive MBA on which she also taught leadership and organisational behavour. She is now a Lecturer in Department of Leadership and Managment and LUMS Doctoral Director.


PhD Management: Lancaster University Management School (2006). Thesis Topic: Leadership in Further Education
MSc Organisational Behaviour: Birkbeck College, University of London (2002). Dissertation Topic: What makes employees feel valued at work?

MA (Oxon) PPE: St Hilda's College, Oxford (1983)

Research Interests

Research interests focus on the practice turn in leadership, and its daily accomplishment through discourse. Specific areas of interest include leadership as emotional labour and the identity work arising from the juxtaposition of emotional labour and the requirements of authenticity. Related interests include the role of leader valuing practices in generating follower discretionary effort, and the creation of reflexive dialogue as a leadership learning intervention for practicing managers.

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