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Dr Marian Iszatt-White


Marian Iszatt-White

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 594706

PhD supervision

Leadership as emotional labour Authentic leadership Leadership identities and identity work


Dr Marian Iszatt-White is a Senior Lecturer in the area of leadership as emotional labour and authentic leadership.

After a successful career in financial risk management, latterly as Group Treasurer of Top 100 plc Enterprise Oil, Marian built a business as a freelance training consultant before completing 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’. 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 Senior Lecturer in Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy 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

My 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  Authentic Leadership and the creation and use of reflexive pedagogies as leadership learning interventions for practicing managers.

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