Value Creators

Episode #24. Amanda Goodall on The Power Of Expert Leaders

December 06, 2023 Hunter Hastings Episode 24
Value Creators
Episode #24. Amanda Goodall on The Power Of Expert Leaders
Show Notes

In our ongoing series investigating leadership in business - coming from the skeptical perspective of “Is there such a thing?” - we meet Amanda Goodall, a professor of leadership at Bayes Business School, City University of London, specializing in the influence of leaders and managers on performance, shares insights from her book "Credible: The Power of Expert Leaders." 

She has a new perspective on business leadership. It’s not a general management function that can be taught in an MBA course. It can’t be learned from leadership courses. It can’t be implemented by management consulting firms. Leaders must first be experts in their field and the core business of the firm.

Amanda shares the importance of experts in providing a clearer sense of purpose and fostering a longer-term organizational perspective. The dialogue concludes with a call to establish expert-friendly environments, and emphasizes the removal of impediments to harness expertise for organizational success.


0:00 | Intro

02:41 | Leadership Studies: Academic Overview

06:26 | Defining Leadership's Impact on History

09:07 | Patterns of Expert Leadership

13:35 | Success of Expert Leaders: Key Principles

17:25 | Expert Leadership at All Levels

18:05 | Reed Hastings' Leadership Style and Bureaucracy in Organizations

21:32 | Openness and Autonomy: Keys in Tech Companies

22:38 | Challenges in Defining Core Functions

25:15 | Rethinking Leadership: Business School Approach to Leadership

30:48 | Metrics Obsessed Defined

33:28 | Expert Leadership: How They Craft a Clear Essence of Purpose

35:22 | How Expert Leaders Create More Productive Workplaces?

38:43 | Expert Leaders Exhibit Greater Emotional Intelligence 

41:34 | What is an Expert-Friendly Company?

45:40 | Removing Barriers to Get an Expert-Friendly Organization

47:27 | Wrap Up: Revolutionary Approach of Amanda Goodall