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What is Unleadership? Workshop

Festival of Ideas

Ashton Gate Stadium  |  Free

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The Unleadership Movement is a growing collaboration of practitioners and scholars from public, private and voluntary sectors reflecting upon leaderly practices.

Covid-19 has brought unprecedented disruption to our lives and workplaces. The leaderly acts that have emerged have often been from unexpected places and have achieved outcomes that inspired us – be that walking laps of the garden, making scrubs or reinventing a business to help feed families in need.  A group of researchers at UWE have examined and described these acts and practices as ‘unleadership’.

Carol Jarvis, Hugo Gaggiotti, Kay Galpin and Selen Kars-Unluoglu believe that leaderly practice can be characterised by paying forward kindness, accepting imperfection and embracing the unknown, taking action at the right time and collaborating with others. Those who consider themselves unleaders make the best contribution they can, with the resources available to them at the time, being driven to act by their sense of purpose.

Join this free workshop to explore the concept of unleadership through thinking about, sharing and reflecting upon leaderly practices. How can communities and organisations can tap into their latent leadership potential? How can we collaborate, reflect upon and be inspired by the leaderly actions of others? And what are the co-creating innovations that continue to develop the ideas and practices of unleadership?

This is an opportunity to discover and explore possibilities and opportunities for the future, for ourselves, our organisations and our communities. You don’t have to be working in a formal management role – we welcome everybody who is taking action on something they are passionate about, be that in an organisation, a small enterprise, or a community group.

Stories, experiences and practices will be shared through a mixture of facilitated discussions and group exercises, and the day will introduce ideas to help everyone to reflect upon leaderly practice differently.

Join us to begin the conversation about how we can practice unleadership and lead differently.

Workshop Timetable

16:00 – 16:20     An introduction to unleadership
16:20 – 16:40     A showcase of individuals and organisations tapping into their unleadership potential
16:40 – 16:55     Break (refreshments provided)
16:55 – 17:35     Breakout groups 1: How can I practice unleadership in an uncertain world?
17:35 – 18:15     Breakout groups 2: How can I collaborate with others to move forward my unleadership practice?
18:15 – 18:30     Closing reflections

This event is in partnership with Bristol Leadership and Change Centre.

In partnership with

Carol Jarvis

Carol Jarvis is Professor in Knowledge Exchange and Innovation at the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. As a researcher she is passionate about leadership learning and practices; the everyday experience of change and innovation in organisations; and team-based ‘learning through doing’. Much of her learning and teaching is on executive education programmes, with a specific focus on leadership for innovation and change and coaching and mentoring. Her research and teaching are informed by 20 years of experience of running her own consultancy practice, concerned with building and delivering sustainable innovations achieved through collaboration and individual, team and organisational learning and development. She is an experienced coach and facilitator, coaching in both individual, team and group settings.

Hugo Gaggiotti

Hugo Gaggiotti is a Professor in Work and Employment at the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. The focus of his writing is on the intersections between rhetoric, rituals, liminality and the symbolic construction of the meaning of work in mobile transnational workers. He conducted his fieldwork for many years in the borderlands industrial regions of Pindamonhangaba (Brazil), Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and currently in the US-Mexican borderlands of Baja California. His work has appeared in a range of interdisciplinary journals. His most recent research focus, in collaboration with Selen Kars-Unluoglu and Carol Jarvis, is on the impact of repetitive crises in women’s organisational practices of recovery.

Kay Galpin

Kay Galpin is a postgraduate doctoral researcher exploring how storytelling interventions can support team sensemaking of organisational change. She has worked in industry in a range of HR and Learning and Development roles, and her work has a strong applied focus.

Selen Kars-Unluoglu

Selen Kars-Unluoglu is Associate Professor in Organisation Studies in the Bristol Business School at the University of the West England. She researches the everyday experiences of change, innovation and learning in organisations. Her work is informed interpretative phenomenology and practice-based approaches. She does executive teaching with national and international organisations of all scales, with a specific focus on middle managers’ leadership development in the area leadership of teams and leadership of change and innovation.

Booking Information

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Please note we only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.

Ticket booking is via Eventbrite. Please note that Eventbrite is a third-party service that is not owned or managed by Bristol Ideas. Please review Eventbrite’s terms and conditions and Privacy Policy as we do not accept any responsibility or liability for the policies. You can read Bristol Ideas’ Privacy policy here.

Tickets are free but as space is limited, we have restricted the number of tickets that can be booked to two per transaction. This is to limit the number of ‘no shows’ and ensure as many people as possible can attend.

One additional carer ticket can be booked at the same time for a disabled visitor. If you need to book more than one, please contact us before booking to arrange.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.


  • Please note that the venue car park charges for all users, including Blue Badge holders. There are 10+ Blue Badge parking bays.
  • There is a level access into the venue.
  • There is a standard lift for public use.
  • There are accessible toilet facilities within the venue.
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