Our work

Leaders Like You 

Leaders website

Established by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the Leadership Commission was set up to identify the fundamental issues within the West Midlands that prevent high-level positions being reflective of its communities.

WE LEAD’s Director, Prof Kiran Trehan, was appointed as one of the Commissioners on the project which conducted a nine-month research programme on leadership diversity on the region.

The report, commended by Prime Minister, Theresa May, identifies new and compelling evidence and makes a number of recommendations to address the leadership diversity gap. Watch the video of Theresa May’s message.

Access a copy of the report and the research findings.

Responsible Leadership

WE LEAD is working with the Institute of Leadership & Management to inform and shape the development of responsible leadership practice in a variety of contexts, through engaged scholarship.

The project will cover 3 workstreams:

The future of leadership in the public sector with a focus on:

  •  How is leadership practice changing to reflect the use of technology in public services?
  • How can effective leaders be developed and supported in this future space?

Leadership and leadership development in micro and small businesses by addressing two key research questions:

  •  How do leaders in micro and small firms meets the challenges of building sustainable businesses?
  • How are leaders developed in micro and small firms?

Inclusive leadership and inclusive workplaces by investigating two key research questions

  • What is inclusive leadership?
  • What types of leadership practices foster inclusive leadership in organisations?

View our event report from the project launch .

Rosie website

Family Business 

Jane website

Led by WE LEAD’s Deputy Director, Dr Jane Glover, this area of work is focussed around building and developing two key streams of research around family business.

 Stream 1 is exploring family business as communities of practice and will look at the social, cultural and economic role of family business in deprived places. It will also examine the ways in which family business can provide environments which support sustainable communities.

 Stream 2 focusses on women in family food and agriculture enterprise and will examine a number of different strands related to re-imaging the role of women in family food and farming enterprises and their contributions to leadership and knowledge integration in relation to food and working on the land.  

Migrant Women and the Power of Transnational Enterprise

Women website

Understanding experience of migrants and their pursuit of entrepreneurship as a vehicle for survival, poverty alleviation and social mobility has been subject to various policy and academic debates. Research calls for better understanding of how women experience migration and what contribution they make to entrepreneurial activities in new countries to which they relocate.

WE LEAD’s Dr Natalia Vershinina with her co-authors have showcased how transnational entrepreneurial activities for migrant women may have emancipatory potential in their recent journal article:

Vershinina, N., Rodgers, P., McAdam, M., & Clinton, E. (forthcoming). ‘Transnational Migrant Entrepreneurship, Gender and Family Business”, Global Networks Journal.

Read more in Natalia's blog.