Do Leaders Make a Difference?
Individual leadership is seen as a key to change in politics or business. But is the importance of collective action and attitudes being overlooked? Michael Blastland investigates.
Do Leaders make a Difference?
We talk much of personal leadership being the key to change in, say, politics or business. But how much can such figures really influence events? Do we overattribute power to individuals such as a prime minister or a media mogul? Have we lost sight of the overall importance of collective action and attitudes, or the trends and events that no individual can resist? Michael Blastland investigates.
Producer: Chris Bowlby
Editor: Innes Bowen
Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School
Professor Pat Thane
Historian at King's College London
Writer on economics and psychology
Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association
Historian and Labour MP
Professor of strategy and decision making at Oxford University's Saïd Business School
Former Conservative Home Secretary
Historical and biographical writer.