Prof Nicola M. Pless PhD

Chair in Positive Business, 


English, German

Research Focus

My research focuses on leadership (multi-level and contextual research) and its development, responsible decision making in multicultural and top management teams, and micro foundations of strategy. I examine specifically the relationship between responsible leadership, social and economic value creation and SDGs, and study the roles of values, empathy and mindfulness within this process. My work often occurs in collaboration with business practice and is substantially informed by my senior executive background.

Research Groups

  • Neuroscience of Leadership


  • Unlocking the potential of mindfulness for responsible and sustainable leadership


  • Chair in Positive Business
  • Director Centre for Business Ethics and Responsible Leadership

Global goals

Target 4.7
Target 5.1
Target 5.2
Target 5.5
Target 17.16

Professional Organisations

  • Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
  • Academy of Management
  • EGOS


  • Australia

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