Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe

Beverly moved form Sheffield University to Leeds University in 1984, as lecturer in organisational psychology at the Nuffield Institute, combining postgraduate teaching, research and consultancy - a combination she regards as perfect - and became Professor of Leadership Studies in 1996.

Frustrated by the dominance of US "heroic" models of leadership based largely on the study of US white male top managers, she embarked with Dr John Alban-Metcalfe on possibly the largest, and the first inclusive, study of leadership. It involved more than 4,500 managers in public sector and was extended later to FTSE100 companies. The success of the research led to the formation of a University of Leeds spin-out company, now called Real World Group, which undertakes research, produces diagnostic instruments, and supports organisations in cultural transformation. Beverly is its Chief Executive.

She has been an advisor to numerous bodies, including the Dept of Health QIPP group, the Police Leadership Development Board, the Local Government Leadership Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality, and the Dept for Business, Innovations and Skills MacLeod Review of Employee Engagement and the Chartered Management Institute Academic Advisory Panel.

Beverly teaches in the areas of organisational psychology, particularly around the nature of leadership, leadership assessment and development, gender and leadership, leadership and culture, and leading change. She is specifically interested in the role of leadership in creating "readiness for change"; the potential impact of gender- and ethnicity-bias in constructs of leadership; and organisational assessment of performance and leadership potential. These areas inform her research, teaching and consultancy activities.

Beverly is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist and a fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is a patron of Women in Management.

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