Dr Heather Cairns-Lee

Research Interests

Leadership development especially at the intra-personal level of how leaders make meaning
Metaphor and mental models
Clean Language as a research methodology


Swiss Representative OPUS (Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society)
Vice President of Business Professional Women (BPW) Lake Geneva
Founding Member of UNICON Research Committee.
Founding Chair of the UNICON Benchmarking Committee

Conference papers

Ward, C, Tosey, P, Cairns-Lee, H. (2013) ‘A Strange Route to Get Here: Metaphors of Leadership Development and Leadership’. Brighton, UK: UKFHRD

Cairns-Lee, H. (2013) ‘A Journey to Inner Space: Exploring Leadership From Within’. Brighton, UK: UKFHRD

Cairns-Lee, H. (2014) ‘Stepping Up, Stepping Back - Metaphors of Leadership’. Edinburgh, UK: UKFHRD

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