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Diploma alumna Habiba Greenland wins Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ Prize.
21
Mar
2017

Habiba Greenland, alumna of the Oxford Saïd Diploma in Organisational Leadership, has won the 2016 Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ Prize for her research into leadership behaviour within financial services institutions following the 2008 financial crisis. The Worshipful Company of International Bankers is a City of London Livery company that promotes the development of the financial services profession for the benefit of the public, while encouraging high ethical and professional standards.

Habiba’s research saw her interview leaders from across the banking industry, to ascertain the effect of the financial crisis on their style of management. Her findings demonstrate how leaders within the sector have adopted a ‘hybrid’ style of management since the crisis that pivots between methods of direction and empowerment and that resonate with the concept of ‘paradoxical leadership.’

Habiba enrolled onto the Diploma after spending 12 years working for a large American bank. 'When I left I realised that I was at a juncture,’ she said.  ‘The working environment had become more complex, with increasing stakeholder complexity risk management and heightened scrutiny, and I saw the Diploma as an opportunity to learn and reflect on this changing environment.’

Habiba is now responsible for building the European business for a US Broker-dealer. Commenting on his decision to hire her, James Tabacchi, President & CEO Of South Street Securities LLC stated that ‘knowing a person reflects on the challenges that come with senior roles and embarks on robust post-graduate level studies was certainly a factor in my decision to hire Habiba to build our European presence. This type of role requires agility and change orientated thinking and decision making.’

Tim Morris, Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, said that Habiba ‘drew on her extensive working experience of the financial services sector  in exploring a highly topical issue - how leadership in financial services has changed since the 2008 crisis - and framing her analysis on a number of contemporary leadership ideas. Her dissertation is a good example of how relevance and rigour can be combined to generate powerful insights.’

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Tim Morris is Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and co-director of several of the School’s key executive education programmes.