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Leadership in testing times: assessing the adaptability, agility, agency and authenticity of leaders in the practice of development across the globe. 
Syeda Ayesha Subhani
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Asad Ghalib (Liverpool Hope University)
Ahmad Nawaz (Lahore School of Economics)
Politics and political economy
Palmer G.01
Friday 30 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Leaders across the developing and developed world were tested to their limits during the pandemic. One year on, and gradually approaching normality, we take a step back and look at how leaders involved in the development sector acted and performed their roles during and after the pandemic.

Long Abstract:

The pandemic led to leaders bearing the burden of making critical, timely and accurate decisions to lead their followers out of the crisis. This role was compounded for those who were associated with the development sector. The reason simply being that the decision that they took would set forth a chain of interconnected reactions, eventually touching countless lives. The extent and the magnitude of leaders' decisions depend on the number, location and type of followers and the various programme beneficiaries that they served.

While some success stories have narrated the commendable leadership exhibited by some during these testing times, there have been several instances where there was a total failure on the part of the leaders across various levels.

This panel invites empirical papers from around the globe that have carried out studies involving leaders at all levels, capacities and roles. Underpinned by theoretical frameworks and supported by empirical evidence, these studies will be a useful addition to the literature surrounding the theory and practice of leadership in the global development sector.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 30 June, 2023, -