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I joined UWS from my previous post as Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Huddersfield.

I have been a Fellow of the HEA since 2015 and I am currently an Affiliate Member of the CIPD and CIM.
Before entering the academy I led large scale Internet-based business consultancy, online marketing and communication projects for international corporations in Berlin in the automotive (VW), telecommunications (T-Systems), and publishing industries (Holzbrinck).

My Research Expertise and Interests encompass:

  • Ethical aspects of leadership, followership, organisational behaviour, communication, and HRM
  • Innovative leadership development and leader learning
  • Content analysis of communication artefacts
  • Dialogue, debate, and discourse  
  • Individual and relational perspectives of moral reasoning 

My expertise is in the specialised field of organisational leadership, in particular leadership ethics. I conduct research in niche areas such as servant leadership, moral reasoning orientation, and followership ethics applying post-postivisit, pragmatic, and feminist perspectives. I am interested in content analysis including rhetorical and discourse analysis but also expanding into further approaches to the analysis of cultural artefacts as they embody and perpetuate meaning.

Current research activities


My current projects explore the reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry, a Bakhtinian interrogation of authenticity in leadership construction, measurement of gender differences in team roles, gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' radio interviews, content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership in epideictic rhetoric.

PhD/DBA Supervision

Currently, I supervise postgraduate research students conducting studies within populations in the UK, Scotland, Nigeria, Ghana, and Pakistan. Their projects focus on developing and validating new measures of leadership constructs such as moral reasoning orientation and self-management in teams, exploring aspects of motivation to lead, engagement, self-leadership, and extra-role citizenship behaviours in the public and voluntary sectors, examining the roles of the cultural dimensions gender egalitarianism and power distance, work-life balance policies, practices, and impacts.

Desired research direction

PhD Applicants

I am looking to supervise academically excellent PhD candidates for the following or related topics using methods such as discourse, rhetorical, and content analysis:

  • Motivation to lead, motivation to serve, moral reasoning orientation
  • Narcissism/egoism, its contribution to leadership (positive/negative) and organisational climate
  • Leadership challenges in various sectors such as Social Enterprise, Education and the Third Sector  
  • Ethical aspects of organisational leadership, servant leadership, followership ethics and related outcomes
  • Feminist ethics, the agency myth and the gender pay gap, women and men practicing servant leadership
  • Gender and team roles: Limiting or empowering?

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I have experience in course/programme leadership for PGT and UG, as well as the development of PGT/PGR curriculum and course design. Having served as the programme director of the PG courses MSc Business, MSc Business with HRM as well as UG courses BA Business Administration and Management and BA Human Resource Management for top-up students I managed all aspects of course administration.  

The ongoing success and strategic importance of modules I have taught in ethical leadership have seen these developed further and expanded into the new PGT portfolio at the University of Huddersfield. I was actively involved and contributed to the PGT curriculum review and development of the new PGT portfolio at Huddersfield Business School having developed the new cross-course core PGT module: Leadership, Power and Ethics for a range of new programmes. I also contributed to the development of a new suite of courses for Strategic Communication and Leadership. I developed a concept for PGR community development for the Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning and Director of Postgraduate Studies. During my time at Huddersfield I also participated in course validation processes for UG and PG courses specifically the MBA. I was also involved in the AACSB accreditation process for Huddersfield such as completing module mapping for AACSB accreditation and received AACSB traning.

Current teaching activities and interests

PG Module Leader 2014-2019


  • Leadership: Power and Ethics
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

PG Tutor 2014-2019

  • Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal/Research Methods

UG Module Leader/Coordinator 2014-2019


  • Ethical Leadership
  • Leading & Managing Change
  • Intercultural Awareness (2019)
  • Organizational Behavior (2019)

UG Tutor 2014-2019

  • Leadership: Process & Organisations
  • Real World Business Issues
  • Understanding Organizational Design (2019)

External positions

External DBA Examiner: Ethical Leadership, University of Liverpool


External Examiner for MSc Leadership, MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care, Certificate in Professional Studies Management & Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University

2016 → …

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Research Output 2010 2019

Motivation to serve: a quantitative examination of servant leadership in turbulent times

Ukeni, I. G., Harrington, S. & Reynolds, K., 11 Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Women’s motivation to lead in small social enterprises: a systematic literature review

Reynolds, K. & Stewart, V. L., 5 Sep 2019, BAM2019 Conference Proceedings. British Academy of Management, 38 p. 1181

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Literature review
Social enterprise
Nonprofit sector
Gender differences

Discursive process of leadership: a leadership dialogue and Bakhtinian approach to leadership learning

Gibbs, S. & Reynolds, K., 12 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

Open Access

The design and validation of leaders’ measure of moral reasoning orientation

Ukeni, I. G. & Reynolds, K., 2018, Proceedings of the British Academy of Management 2018 Conference. British Academy of Management, 8 p. 726

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Moral reasoning
Leadership development

The leader-poet: ethical growth through reflexive poetic engagement

Reynolds, K., 7 Sep 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper



Best Full Paper Award

Kae Reynolds (Recipient) & Victoria L. Stewart (Recipient), 3 Sep 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Kae Reynolds (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Greenleaf Scholarship

Kae Reynolds (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


People's Prize for Best Paper Award

Ijeoma Ukeni (Recipient), Jul 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Moral reasoning
Servant leadership

Thank You Award

Kae Reynolds (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

student union

Activities 2010 2019

Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019 (Event)

Kae Reynolds (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Poetic Engagement with Contemporary Leadership Theories

Kae Reynolds (Invited speaker), Stephen Gibbs (Speaker)
3 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Asparkía Investigació Feminista (Journal)

Kae Reynolds (Peer reviewer)
Feb 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Human Resource Development International (Journal)

Kae Reynolds (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review