The Chair’s mission is to examine the main mechanisms of leadership, identify its key moments and understand the experience it represents for those who exercise it, grant it or are subjected to it.
Our ambition is to produce a type of research in line with the highest standards of academic research while focusing on relevance—making sure practitioners find our results interesting and useful.
Being interesting and useful means:
- Addressing concerns shared by entrepreneurs, executives and managers;
- Bringing them a novel perspective on the issues they are facing;
- Making our work accessible to a public wider than specialists alone.
That is why knowledge transfer, popularization—books, professional articles, even conferences—and, above all, teaching, are the main concerns of the Pierre Péladeau Leadership Chair. Excellence in class and the production of quality teaching materials have been an integral part of our mission since the Chair’s creation.
Leadership is a subtle phenomenon, difficult to grasp: often fleeting, never guaranteed, managers can never take it for granted. It is both a personal and collective experience. At least, this is the perspective that the Chair’s researchers have always adopted.
“Experience” means that it is first something that is felt: not attributes, techniques or things that we possess, but rather a state. Leadership is exercised, not possessed.
“Personal” because the leadership exercised by people is their own. “We manage as we are, both with our qualities and shortcomings,” as Laurent Lapierre, the first holder of this Chair, often said.
“Collective”, because leadership exists within a context, with people, and the relationship between the person exercising leadership at a given moment and those who grant it to them is essential.
To fulfill their mission, the Chair’s researchers call upon several fields of study: social psychology and psychodynamics, but also sociology, history and anthropology. In doing so, there are able to shed light on the personal and collective dimensions of leadership. Today, we must add the fields that are bound to shatter our preconceptions over the next decade: neurosciences on the one hand, which study the way the brain works, and ethology, on the other, which study animal behaviour (and therefore the origins of human behaviour).
A solid team is required to examine this complex field. The Pierre Péladeau Leadership Chair has put together a group of professors, researchers and students ready to exchange and interact with leaders, entrepreneurs and managers who are interested in sharing their experience.