A History of Leadership

‘It is all here: the history, culture, psychology, philosophy, politics and practice of leadership, set out in clear detail, with rich learning worn very lightly. Morgen Witzel has done us a service by showing how deep the roots of leadership are, even if we are sometimes too easily distracted by the noise and posturing of today’s “leaders”.’ ― Stefan Stern, Visiting Professor in Management Practice, Cass Business School, City, University of London, UK.

The Ethical Leader

“This is the book I have been looking for: a clear and unambiguous explanation of ethics in practice, yet never simplistic, and always sympathetic to the predicaments of people making tough choices. The philosophical underpinning is sound and also comprehensive. Morgen Witzel honours the worldly-wise, but doesn’t let anyone off the hook too lightly. A guidebook for leaders in all walks of life.” –  Jonathan Gosling, Emeritus Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School

About Morgen Witzel

Writer, Management Historian, Teacher

Morgen Witzel grew up in rural British Columbia, Canada. His writing job was as a summer journalist on the award-winning Salmon Arm Observer, an independently-owned newspaper. He has a B.A. in History and a M.A in Renaissance History from the University of Victoria. Over 30 years ago Morgen moved with his wife to Britain where he began work as a self-employed researcher, editor and writer. He is a partner (with Marilyn Livingstone) in the publishing services company, Western Writers’ Block and the consulting and research company, Carucate Research Partnership. Morgen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Since moving to the UK Morgen taught first at London Business School and more recently at the Exeter Business School where he has been a fellow for the past 12 years. Morgen is a regular and popular lecturer for the MBA at the University of Exeter’s Business School. He teaches on both the full and part time MBA programmes. His current teaching includes: Ethics and Leadership and Behavioural Economics. He is also a regular visiting lecturer at The University of Edinburgh Business School, Audencia Business School (Nantes) and The University of Ljubljana Business School. Morgen also teaches regularly on the Leadership Matters Courses at the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute.

Outside of academia, Morgen is a popular speaker on management issues for a wide variety of clients across many sectors, including Rabobank, Shell, Bruck Payne Associates Ltd, and the Federation of Small Business. Morgen has written a bi-monthly column for The Smart Manager (Mumbai) for over 15 years. He also done significant work with McKinsey & Co, the Winthrop Group, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Business Link Directorate, The Business Support Network, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, European Business Forum (commissioning editor), Cranfield School of Management, Durham University Business School, IMD Business School, the University of Guelph, the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Barclays Bank and Bausch & Lomb UK.

Morgen’s many books (for more details see the Publications page) have been published by Bloomsbury, Penguin, FT-Prentice Hall, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, Thompson Learning, Thoemmes Press, ThomsonReuters and Continuum International. He was project manager and editor for several major works for Thoemmes Press including the Biographical Dictionary of Management and E.F.L. Brech’s monumental work of management history, The Evolution of Modern Management. He also edited several series about the history of management for Thoemmes Press.

Morgen has been a parish councillor and currently is a trustee of Libraries Unlimited, the non-profit organisation responsible for running Devon’s libraries, and a trustee for the Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust. Until recently he was a trustee of EDP, an Exeter based charity that works with substance abuse.

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The Consultant

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