Informal leadership


About the research 

Not every leader is a manager, and not every manager is a leader. This is a very simple truth that anyone will agree with. For Lien Desmet Desmet this is the grain from which her PhD research sprouted. If not synonymous to "manager", then what exactly makes someone a "leader"? And what happens when we have no manager at all, and all we are left with is informal leadership? With her PhD research on informal leadership in self-managing teams, Lien wants to add her own little puzzle piece to the complex leadership puzzle.

Lien Desmet
FWO - KU Leuven - Vlerick

Lien Desmet is a Doctoral Researcher at Vlerick Business School and KU Leuven. Her doctoral studies are aimed at increasing knowledge about informal leadership processes in self-managing teams. She obtained a master degree in Slavic Studies in 2013, and an advanced master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2014. Before starting with her PhD, Lien Desmet gained research experience at United Nations University – CRIS (Bruges, BE), as well as University of Queensland (Brisbane, AU). 

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