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What do you imagine when you think of a leader? Is the customary vision of the powerful politician or business leader still entirely relevant today? In these recent times of massive political and economic upheaval, it appears that society’s faith in its traditional leaders is at its lowest ebb: for many they're no longer a source of support or trust, and as a result people have started looking elsewhere. In this series of short films, Open University experts nominate their own ‘Unlikely Leader,’ from Russell Brand to Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, challenging our assumptions about the meaning of Leadership and encouraging us to think differently about just what makes a ‘great leader’. As conventional leaders continue to let us down, the ‘Unlikely Leaders’ might just be our salvation.

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What do you imagine when you think of a leader? Is the customary vision of the powerful politician or business leader still entirely relevant today? In these recent times of massive political and economic upheaval, it appears that society’s faith in its traditional leaders is at its lowest ebb: for many they're no longer a source of support or trust, and as a result people have started looking elsewhere. In this series of short films, Open University experts nominate their own ‘Unlikely Leader,’ from Russell Brand to Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, challenging our assumptions about the meaning of Leadership and encouraging us to think differently about just what makes a ‘great leader’. As conventional leaders continue to let us down, the ‘Unlikely Leaders’ might just be our salvation.

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    Russell Brand

    Russell Brand

    Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing Sara Mackian nominates comedian Russell Brand as her 'Unlikely Leader'.

    • 5 min
    Transcript -- Russell Brand

    Transcript -- Russell Brand

    Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing Sara Mackian nominates comedian Russell Brand as her 'Unlikely Leader'.

    • video
    Maryam Bibi

    Maryam Bibi

    Senior Lecturer in Enterprise Development Richard Blundel nominates the co-founder of the Kwendo Kor charity, Maryam Bibi as his 'Unlikely Leader'.

    Khwendo Kor (‘Sister’s Home’) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, which has worked since 1993 for the development of women, children, and strong families in the remote areas of the Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa (KPK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of North West Pakistan Kor (www.khwendokor.org.pk). The UK Friends of Khwendo Kor Kor (www.frok.org.uk) was established in 2002 to help Khwendo Kor's fundraising efforts. Its aim is to raise sufficient money to give Khwendo Kor long-term funding and sustainability

    • 5 min
    Transcript -- Maryam Bibi

    Transcript -- Maryam Bibi

    Senior Lecturer in Enterprise Development Richard Blundel nominates the co-founder of the Kwendo Kor charity, Maryam Bibi as his 'Unlikely Leader'.

    Khwendo Kor (‘Sister’s Home’) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, which has worked since 1993 for the development of women, children, and strong families in the remote areas of the Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa (KPK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of North West Pakistan Kor (www.khwendokor.org.pk). The UK Friends of Khwendo Kor Kor (www.frok.org.uk) was established in 2002 to help Khwendo Kor's fundraising efforts. Its aim is to raise sufficient money to give Khwendo Kor long-term funding and sustainability

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    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Music Researcher Nicholas Logie nominates conductor Sir Simon Rattle as his 'Unlikely Leader.'

    • 4 min
    Transcript -- Sir Simon Rattle

    Transcript -- Sir Simon Rattle

    Music Researcher Nicholas Logie nominates conductor Sir Simon Rattle as his 'Unlikely Leader.'

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