Leadership in extraordinary times

This is not a time for business as usual. It is a time for business unusual.

We need to think about the world in which we find ourselves, and also the world we want to build as we emerge from a pandemic and an economic crisis.

This calls for a new kind of leadership. Leadership in extraordinary times (LiET).

In this series, we share research insights and hear from those on the frontline of the crisis.

Covering topics ranging from rapid innovation to wellbeing to building resilience in public health, this series helps leaders respond to unprecedented turmoil.

Catch up on season 4


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Private Equity and Covid-19

Vindi Banga, former Unilever global director and Ludovic Phalippou, Professor of Financial Economics will discuss the differing views on private equity and separate the truth from the fiction.


How can businesses use AI responsibly?

In this episode, Oxford Saïd’s Professor Andrew Stephen, Natalia Efremova, Francesca Mazzi and Felipe Thomaz discuss principles for responsible and ethical uses of AI in business,


Anthro-Vision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life

In Anthro-Vision, Gillian Tett - bestselling author, Financial Times journalist, and anthropology PhD - reveals how anthropology can make sense of the corporate world. She outlines how anthropology helps explain consumer behaviour - revealing the 'webs of meaning' that underpin our shopping habits, and unpicking the subtle cultural shifts driving the rise of green business


Driven: How to fuel success through adversity

Toto Wolff and Tengu Taufik are jointly responsible for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas partnership which has achieved the record-breaking success of a seventh consecutive double F1 World Championship title. While Toto and Tengku have been close partners in delivering this success and face many similar leadership challenges, they do so in very different sectors and in organisations of very different sizes. Professors Michael Smets and Marya Besharov discuss how their approaches to leadership have delivered success.


Building a better economic system: The Better Business Act

Join Oxford Saïd's Mary Johnstone-Louis, Charmian Love and industry leaders Douglas Lamont and Amy Clarke as they discuss where and how businesses can engage in economic system change by looking at the four key principles of the UK’s Better Business Act.