Dr Katalin Illes

Acting Head of Department

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Katalin Illes is a committed promoter of leadership and organisational development.

Her work includes public speaking, research, lecturing, coaching and consulting. Katalin has led and developed innovative, creative, trust based networks and partnerships to promote practice-based, life-long growth of individuals, communities and enterprises around the world. She is a leader of transformational change.

Over the past 20 years she has contributed to the development of collaborative, successful and humane organisational cultures to fulfil both individual and corporate potentials.

Prior to joining the University of Westminster Katalin Illes was the Director of International Development in China's first liberal arts college in 2012-2013.

Dr Illes has also held leadership and academic positions at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She has developed and lead multi-national collaborative academic programmes in Denmark, Hungary, India and Switzerland.

Katalin Illes has been the adviser of senior management teams and has been assisting the leadership development of executives both in the UK and abroad. Katalin is a qualified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and promotes mind-body connections and well-being in organisations.

Katalin Illes's degrees include an MBA from Heriot -Watt University, a PhD and an MA from the University of Budapest.

Katalin is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a wealth of experience in teaching Leadership, Personal and Management Development and Intercultural Communication on post-graduate and executive programmes. With her innovative pedagogy she builds bridges between theory and practice, encourages critical thinking, action based experiential learning and finding creative solutions.

Her three day Ethical Leadership workshop raises awareness about the importance of living by our values and considering the impact of our individual and corporate decisions on future generations.

Katalin's current research interests include ethical leadership; leadership embodiment; spirituality and leadership; trust; and innovative approaches to leader development. 

Katalin acts as supervisor to PhD, professional doctorate and MA, MBA candidates. 

She also works with business organisations. She was commissioned by a consulting firm to complete a piece of research and highlight the interrelatedness of Leadership, Trust and Communication in 2014. This report offers recommendations for leaders in different levels of the organisation on how to become more inclusive and transparent in their leadership.

2018

Corporate Values from a Personal Perspective (2018)
Illes, K. and Vogell, C. 2018. Corporate Values from a Personal Perspective. Social Responsibility Journal. 14 (2), pp. 351-367.

2017

Being Well and Leading Well (2017)
Illes, K. 2017. Being Well and Leading Well. Journal of Corporate Citizenship. 2017 (68), pp. 15-30.
Spiritually inspired creativity in business (2017)
Zsolnai, L. and Illes, K. 2017. Spiritually inspired creativity in business. International Journal of Social Economics. 44 (2), pp. 195-205.

2015

The role of spirituality in business education (2015)
Illes, K. and Zsolnai, L. 2015. The role of spirituality in business education. Society and Business Review. 10 (1), pp. 67-75.

2010

Beyond Language (2010)
Illes, K. 2010. Beyond Language. Journal Advances in Higher Education. 3 (1).

2009

Defining Trust as Action: An Example from Hungary (2009)
Illes, K. 2009. Defining Trust as Action: An Example from Hungary. Philosophy of Management. 7 (3), pp. 69-80.

2017

Leading Voluntary Organisations: an investigation of patterns, narratives and the value of authenticity (2017)
Koronis, E. and Illes, K. 2017. Leading Voluntary Organisations: an investigation of patterns, narratives and the value of authenticity . Voluntary Sector Studies Network Conference - 
Leadership Stream
. The Open University, UK 23 to end of 23 Nov 2017

2014

Positive Strategies for Harsh Realities (2014)
Illes, K. 2014. Positive Strategies for Harsh Realities. 9th International Conference on Rethinking Human Resources in a VUCA World. New Delhi, India 09 Feb 2014
Connectedness and Spirituality: A Christian and Hindu Example of Spiritual Based Entrepreneurship (2014)
Illes, K. 2014. Connectedness and Spirituality: A Christian and Hindu Example of Spiritual Based Entrepreneurship. Convergence 2014 - Ethical Leadership: The Indian Way. Bangalore, India 09-10 Jan 2014

2016

Leadership and Trust - How to Build a Trustworthy Company (2016)
Mathews, M. and Illes, K. 2016. Leadership and Trust - How to Build a Trustworthy Company. in: Stokes, P., Moore, N., Smith, S.M., Rowland, C. and Scott, P. (ed.) Organisational Management: approaches and Solutions London Kogan Page. pp. 119 -136
Spiritual-Based Entrepreneurship: Hindu and Christian Examples (2016)
Illes, K. 2016. Spiritual-Based Entrepreneurship: Hindu and Christian Examples. in: Chatterji, M. and Zsolnai, L. (ed.) Ethical Leadership: Indian and European Spiritual Approaches Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 191-214

2015

Reflections on Peter Pruzan’s “Spiritual-Based Leadership” (2015)
Illes, K. 2015. Reflections on Peter Pruzan’s “Spiritual-Based Leadership”. in: Laszlo, Z. (ed.) The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management Springer. pp. 187-191

2014

How stories can be used in organisations seeking to teach the virtues (2014)
Illes, K. and Harris, H. 2014. How stories can be used in organisations seeking to teach the virtues. in: Schwartz, M. and Harris, H. (ed.) The contribution of fiction to organisational ethics Emerald. pp. 169-190

2011

Cultural and intercultural negotiation aspects: United Kingdom (2011)
Illes, K. and O'Shea, G. 2011. Cultural and intercultural negotiation aspects: United Kingdom. in: Nützi, R. (ed.) Negotiating in an International Environment, Eight Perspectives for Business Practitioners Dietschi AG.

2010

Ethnography and Action Research (2010)
Illes, K. 2010. Ethnography and Action Research. in: Guilherme, M., Glaser, E. and Méndez-García, M.D.C. (ed.) The Intercultural Dynamics of Multicultural Working Multilingual Matters.

2015

Leadership, Trust and Communication: Building Trust in Companies through Effective Communication (2015)
Illes, K. and Mathews, M. 2015. Leadership, Trust and Communication: Building Trust in Companies through Effective Communication. London, UK University of Westminster.

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