About Us - Ideas for Leaders


Ideas for Leaders summarizes the thinking of the foremost researchers and experts on leadership and management practice from the world’s top business schools and management research institutions. With these concise and easily readable ‘Ideas’ you can quickly and easily inform yourself and your colleagues about the latest insights into management best practice.

The research-based Ideas are supported by a growing series of podcasts with influential thinkers, CEOs, and other leading leadership and management experts from large organizations and small. We also publish book reviews and commentary from senior business faculty on emerging business news. Our Leader Prompts and Take the Lead series are offline content available for organizations to help their leaders handle common management challenges.

Ideas for Leaders was founded in 2013 by Roddy Millar. It is based in Edinburgh, and draws on that city’s historic connections with ground-breaking factual publishing initiatives: from the initial Encyclopaedia Brittanica first published in Edinburgh in 1768, through Chamber’s Dictionary (still used by crossword setters and Scrabble afficionados) a century later in 1871, to today’s Skyscanner, the digital giant of low-cost travel. We also make a nod to the first Scottish printers, Chepman and Myllar in 1508, who, for different reasons (primarily the limited literacy at the time) published short books that were accessible to a wider population – this is very much in our DNA too.

Ideas for Leaders shares the best new information on leadership and organizational behaviour with a wide audience of time-pressed executives and managers, in an easy-to-read and digest format – both digitally and in print through our publishing imprint.

Discover topic areas of relevance to you in the concertina menu below – and browse the brief descriptions of the associated Ideas – if you find these relevant to you or your organization, why not create a free account and receive our regular newsletter. We also publish Developing Leaders Quarterly, the premier publication exploring leadership research and practice for executives, managers and beyond.


Business school research centres are hotbeds of game-changing new thinking which, until now, has largely remained buried in academia. Our purpose at Ideas for Leaders is to identify the best and most usable of this work, and distil it into ready-to-action Ideas which can actually be implemented in the real world.

Roddy Millar, CEO of Ideas for Leaders


  • Our editors in the UK, Europe, US and Asia work closely with the top 50 business schools in the world, sourcing and distilling the latest research into concise, actionable Ideas.
  • We work closely with organizations to curate Ideas that meet their learning needs.
  • These Ideas kick-start conversations about how people can change, develop and make organizations better places to work – and work better.


Research undertaken at business schools has the potential to make a significant impact in the commercial world – it’s just getting out there. This is why Ideas for Leaders is so important: it bridges that gap between academia and the corporate world.

Dr Vicki Culpin, Dean of Faculty and Director of Research at Ashridge Business School

Ideas for Leaders presents often complex academic research in accessible and engaging bite-sized chunks – ideal for stimulating workplace discussions and thinking, so teams can work better and motivate others in a sustainable way.

Dr Tara Swart, Neuroscientist and Guest Lecturer at Oxford Saïd, Stanford and MIT Sloan School of Business

A key challenge of developing people is creating the opportunity for individuals to be curious. Ideas for Leaders does just that. Online access to Ideas ensures that learning is put into practice early and to the benefit of the individual and the organization.

Tony Brown, Head of Human Resources, Baillie Gifford

Ideas for Leaders acts as a catalyst for conversations.

Peter Marsh, Head of Organizational Development at NAPP Pharmaceutical