Putting character first
Good leadership is central to the flourishing of organisations, society, and the natural world. But what does good leadership look like in a world of complexity and uncertainty? At the Oxford Character Project, we focus on the human dynamics of leadership and the qualities of character that enable leaders to build trust, think with clarity, embrace diversity, empower others, and persevere through difficult times.
Character is the guiding core of who we are – a mosaic of personal qualities that are developed over time and govern how we consistently perceive, think, feel, and act. We conduct interdisciplinary research on character and leadership that draws on the humanities and social sciences to help develop a new generation of wise thinkers and good leaders.
Good leadership can change the world for the better. Our mission is to help leaders develop the character they need to navigate the challenges of our time and make an impact for good.
We explore the empirical and conceptual dimensions of character and leadership, combining insights from the humanities and social sciences with cross-sector industry research.
We design and deliver leadership development programmes for students and professionals, enabling them to lead across boundaries and contribute positively to organisations and society.