Assistant Professor, University of Sussex

Zahira Jaser is an Assistant Professor at the University of Sussex Business School. Her research explores an important yet underexplored aspect of leadership studies, the phenomenon of an intermediate leader, an individual embodying both roles of a leader and a follower. Whilst these two roles are usually seen as belonging to people interacting with each other, her work is innovative in investigating one individual co-enacting both the roles and identities of leader and follower. Her research therefore focuses on head of departments, or on team, which are leaders to their teams, but followers to their bosses.

She is completing her PhD at Cass Business School, and has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the London School of Economics.

She also works as consultant, specialised in executive education and leadership development (sample clients include News Corp, Barclays and BP). Before starting her academic career Zahira has held positions as Director and Vice President at large banks (JP Morgan, Barclays, Societe Generale) for 15 years.


  • –present
    PhD Fellow Researching Leadership and Followership, City University London


  • 2011 
    London School of Economics, MSc Organisational Behaviour