Invited Programme

First Keynote Announced:

The Programme Committee, aided by the International Advisory Group, has put together an invited programme which both reflects our theme Interventions at work – Integrating Science and Practice, and showcases some of the best work in our profession. 

Keynote speakers will present some of their game-changing ideas for work & organizational psychology while Current Issue speakers focus on challenges and opportunities for the profession. Invited Symposia highlight research by eminent academics and practitioners, plus there will be events offering the opportunity to consider how research contributes to effective practice. Panel discussions provide a space for lively debate.

The new psychology of leadership:

From theory to practice

Effective leadership lies at the heart of human progress and it is generally explained in terms of the personal qualities of leaders that set them apart from others — as superior, special, different. In contrast to this view, The New Psychology of Leadership argues that effective leadership is grounded in leaders’ capacity to embody and promote a social identity that they share with others — a process we refer to as identity leadership. It argues that leadership is the product of individuals’ “we-ness” rather than of their “I-ness”. 

This perspective forces us to see leadership, motivation and influence not as processes that revolve around individuals acting and thinking in isolation, but as group processes in which leaders and followers are joined together — and perceive themselves to be joined together — in shared endeavour.

But in order for this to succeed, leaders need to represent and champion the group and they also need to create and embed a sense of shared identity. This talk presents compelling evidence of these processes in action, and spells out all-important implications for practice that centre on evidence-based tools and interventions that have successfully translated the theory of identity leadership into practice.

Alex Haslam

Professor, University of Queensland

Alex Haslam is Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow (2012-18) at the University of Queensland.

His research focuses on the study of leadership, group, and identity processes in organizational and health contexts. Together with over 300 co-authors around the world, Alex has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles on these topics and written and edited 15 books — including most recently, The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the Social Cure (Routledge, 2018, with Catherine Haslam, Jolanda Jetten, Tegan Cruwys and Genevieve Dingle; winner of the British Psychology Society’s Book of the Year in 2020) and The New Psychology of Leadership (2nd ed, Routledge, 2020, with Steve Reicher and Michael Platow; winner of the International Leadership Association’s Book of the Year in 2014) and Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19 (Sage, 2020, with Jolanda Jetten, Steve Reicher and Tegan Cruwys).

Alex has been awarded the European Association of Social Psychology’s Kurt Lewin Medal for outstanding scientific contribution, the British Psychology Society Presidents’ Award for distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge, the International Society for Political Psychology’s Sanford Prize for distinguished contributions to political psychology, the Australian Psychological Society’s Workplace Excellence Award for Leadership Development (with Nik Steffens & Kim Peters), the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s Wegner Award for Theoretical Innovation, and the Australian Psychological Society’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science. In both 2019 and 2020 he was identified by Clarivate as a highly-cited cross-field researcher (Google Scholar, h=114).