Professor Elisabeth Kelan

Professor Elisabeth Kelan
Professor of Leadership. Changing World of Work. Cranfield School of Management. Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management. Her research focuses on gender and leadership, generations in organizations, leadership and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books (Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and practitioner reports. She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management. Elisabeth is the Series Editor for Routledge Studies in Gender and Organizations . She was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (academic year 2014/15) and her research project explored gender inclusive leadership practices. She is currently involved in an ESRC funded seminar series on Gendered Inclusion (2015-2018). Her research has been recognized through various academic and practitioner awards. She is also regularly providing thought-leadership to businesses and international organizations. She sits on the advisory boards of the Women's Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, as well as the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation.

Recent Posts

How men matter for gender parity

By Professor Elisabeth Kelan

The rarity of women in senior leadership positions is regularly lamented. It is now well understood that a key problem lies in the so-called feeder pipeline for leadership positions where women often get stuck. However changing this pipeline requires organisational cultures to change. Culture change can only happen if gender change initiatives not only focus on women; they must engage men. Men form the majority of leaders in organisations and as such have a central role to play when it comes...

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Male middle managers must see gender equality as business

By Professor Elisabeth Kelan

It is often presumed that the lack of women in senior positions is, at least in part, due to the lack of female role models. While role models are clearly important for women and men aspiring to leadership roles, just arguing for more role models for women is not going to be enough to increase the number of women in leadership roles. Instead we need to ensure that men (as well as women) become role models for gender equality and gender inclusive leadership.

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