I am a Reader in Leadership. I am the Chair of the Staff Forum for Research of the University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom. I am also the programme leader of the MSc Leadership and Management and MSc International Management in the School of Business and Creative Industries of the University. I graduated with a First-class degree in Pharmacy and practised as a pharmacist, assuming managerial positions before moving into the field of Management. I have an MBA and was the valedictorian of the University of Aberdeen Business school MBA class with a Distinction. In addition, I also possess a PhD in Leadership from the University of the West of Scotland and other postgraduate research and teaching qualifications in my repertoire.
I am a well-known and recognised scholar in the field of Entrepreneurial Leadership and work across the globe on research projects. I am very active in teaching and also the leader of a range of modules namely; Entrepreneurial Leadership, Making it Happen: Leadership and Change, Leading Change, Leadership, Leadership and Professional Development, Leadership Theory and Research and Business Organisation and Ethics. I am involved in delivering these modules to undergraduates and postgraduates including MSc, MBA and DBA students. I am also the author of numerous published research papers on Leadership which is my major research interest and I serve as the Director of Studies/First Supervisor of several PhD and DBA students. I have successfully supervised several doctoral students to completion and my current students are working on projects on Authentic leadership, Servant leadership, Transformational leadership, Ethical leadership, Distributed leadership etc.
Furthermore, I am an active member of several learned organisations. I am the Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management. As Chair, I foster more dialogue in the domain of leadership and develop alongside this, uplift in activity and research with the aim of bringing together the academic and practitioner experiences and viewpoints. I am the Director of the Social Innovation, Leadership and Management Research Centre. As director, I promote new insights on social innovation, leadership and management through research and reflection-on-practice. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management (FIBAKM). I am also an active member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM), Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Protracted Crisis Research Centre (PCRC), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and I serve on several review panels and committees. I am an external examiner to other UK universities such as Manchester Metropolitan University, Heriot Watt University and University of Aberdeen. I am the editor of New Frontiers in African Business and Society by the globally renowned Palgrave Macmillan. I am also the associate editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Business Research and Management (IJBRM), associate editor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (HSS) and review editor of Organisational Psychology.
Additionally, I have a good track record of securing grants and research funding and a very strong external research network and collaborative partnership with organisations. I mentor and develop colleagues on contemporary teaching practice in Higher Education. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Certified Management and Business Educator of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CMBE). I am also a Fellow Certified Business Administrator (FCBA) and a Fellow Certified Knowledge Manager (FCKM) of the Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM). I was instrumental in developing the British Academy of Management (BAM) Education Practice Award which recognises inspiring and impactful management education practice. I am the founder and Chair of the African Studies Track in the British Academy of Management. The track is committed to fostering dialogue on contemporary African research which directly impacts BAM members and the wellbeing of the broader academic research community.
I work extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on leadership skills development within organisations. I am the founder of the NGO; The Leadership Mould Initiative International. The NGO supports students and moulds future leaders. I am the author of the bestselling book entitled ‘Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms’, which is published by the globally renowned publishing company; Palgrave MacMillan. I wrote the book to enable students (undergraduate and postgraduate), scholars, practitioners, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to learn more about the concept of leadership. It provides a critical insight into leadership research. Emerging paradigms and theories of new approaches to leadership are identified and addressed. In addition, I have also authored several video publications on leadership namely; Traditional Paradigms of Leadership: A Critical Insight into Established Theories and Concepts; Modern Paradigms of Leadership: A Critical Insight into Contemporary Theories and Concepts; Emerging Paradigms of Leadership: A Critical Insight into Developing Theories; Making Sense of Leadership: A Critical Insight into Leadership and Management Research. These videos cover established leadership theories providing a nuance conceptualisation of the field and are published by Palgrave Macmillan