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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 Stewardship


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.

Her current research interests derive from the practice turn within leadership, and particularly the identity work required for leaders to ‘square the circle’ between the demand to perform emotional labour and the need to appear (and feel) authentic. An interest in the need re-ground the notion of authentic leadership from a practice perspective in order to establish it as ‘fit for purpose’ for practicing leaders, has led to a wider interest in 'aspirational' forms of leadership (such as responsible, sustainable and ethical leadership) and the problems of inquiry versus advocacy in the field leadership 'research'. This latter has received new significance in the context of her membership of the Pentland Centre for Sustainable Business and the role of leadership in the resolution of the Global Challenges with which they are concerned. Emergent from this affiliation is her current inquiry into stewardship as an aspirational successor to leadership.


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 problematizing Authentic Leadership and other forms of aspirational leadership, and inquiring into the role of stewardship/leadership in our response to global challenges.

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