Discourse and Influence - Ancient Philosophy and Leadership Ethics

A workshop on the use of speech and dialogue to influence others, bringing Ancient Philosophy discussions of dialogue and rhetoric into interaction with Contemporary Leadership Ethics

Discourse and Influence - Ancient Philos

Date: 18-09-2014 until 20-09-2014
Time: 14:00 - 14:00


Dr. Sophie Aubert-Baillot, Universite Stendhal Grenoble
Open hand, closed fist : the continuum between Stoic dialectic and rhetoric

Prof. Joanne Ciulla, University of Richmond / Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Listening to the Ancients While Looking at the Present: The Enduring Ideas About Leaders and Ethics

Prof. Jackie Ford, Leeds University Business School
Discourse and Influence programme

Prof. M.M. McCabe, Kings College London
Conversation, Dissent and the Hemlock


Dr. Ian McCready-Flora, Columbia University
The Convincing Animal: Speech and Reason in Aristotle 

Dr. Doris Schedlitzki, University of the West of England
The Holy Grail of Leadership: Changing Narratives in the Workplace

Prof. Dominic Scott, University of Virginia / University of Kent
Plato Versus Aristotle on Philosophical Method: Lessons for (university) Leaders

Dr. Rapahel Woolf, King's College London
Cicero on Rhetoric and Dialectic

How to book:

Please click here to register and make payment for your attendance at this workshop. 

For further details about accommodation and for those hotels which offer discounted rates to University of Leeds visitors please follow this link.

For the full programme and timings please click here

Bursaries for Postgraduate Research Students

The bursaries will cover the workshop registration for the Leading Minds workshop including both evening dinners and a reimbursement of travel and expenses up to £60 (after the event, using an expenses claim form, on production of receipts).

Applications for this bursary are now open with a deadline of the 1st September, if you would like to apply please email Liz Melsom at e.melsom@leeds.ac.uk  with the following information:


  • Name, Institution, Research Degree for which you are registered and name of your supervisor.
  • Thesis subject area and brief indication of the connection between your research interests and the workshop themes.

As part of your application please also ask one of your supervisors to write to Liz Melsom at the email address above briefly confirming their support for your application and participation in the workshop and also indicate how the workshop will benefit from your research. Postgraduate research students are asked to ensure that a supervisor sends this information through as a bursary cannot be awarded without this supporting information.

For further information on the Leading Minds project website click here.

Location: Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, University of Leeds
Cost: £80