Leadership is a Journey, not a Destination.

About Ian

Dr. Ian C. Woodward is Professor of Management Practice at INSEAD—the business school for the world, specializing in Leadership and Communication. 

Ian lectures in a wide range of INSEAD degree and executive programmes. He is Director of its flagship Advanced Management Programme (AMP) as well as Leadership Communication with Impact course.

He is first author of the book Exploring Leadership Drivers and Blockers (2019), as well as The Phoenix Encounter Method: Lead Like Your Business is on Fire! on strategic leadership thinking, due for release in October 2020.

Ian brings a unique combination of global business, government, communication and arts experience to executive education. Before academia, his business career included Board Directorships, Chief Executive, Senior Executive and Executive Consulting roles in the financial and energy sectors.  He is also the Associate Conductor of the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra in Singapore.

Ian is a frequent keynote speaker at  global business conferences (virtual and in-person) and media events.  He is an alumnus of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales, the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New England and Columbia Business School.

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Leadership Resources

Links to articles, videos, webinars and other materials for leadership development.

Research and Teaching

Information on my research, teaching and program direction activities.

Phoenix Encounter Method

Links to the Phoenix Encounter Method book website and other materials on strategic thinking.


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