Professor Jo Silvester
+44 (0) 1392 723492
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Jo Silvester joined the University of Exeter in 2018. Prior to this she was Deputy Dean and Professor of Psychology at Cass Business School, City University of London. Previous roles include Professor of Organisational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and lectureships at the Universities of Leeds and Swansea. Jo’s research is broadly concerned with the psychology of leadership emergence and effectiveness. She is particularly focused on how individuals develop the ability to work and lead effectively in political environments in business and government. Her work with political parties to identify and develop diverse political led to an Impact Case Study rated outstanding for REF2014.
Jo’s research and impact projects have been supported by multiple organisations, including the ESRC, NIHR, Home Office, House of Commons, Civil Service Learning, IDeA, Philips, Boots, Ford and JPMorgan. Her work has received wide media attention, and is published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Human Relations, Organizational Dynamics, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, European Journal of Finance, Cross-Cultural Research, and Political Behavior.
BSc. MSc. PhD. CPsychol.
- Leadership emergence and effectiveness
- Political skill at work
- Social cognition and leadership potential
- Transition into Parliament: research investigating the political learning undertaken by first-time MPs as they navigate the parliamentary work environment and shape their new political role.
- Gendered Financial Advice: supervised PhD research investigating financial advisors’ gendered perceptions of high net-worth male and female clients.
- Personality and Political Elites: a programme of research focused broadly on psychological characteristics associated with political effectiveness, including projects investigating self-rated personality and electoral success among parliamentary candidates, the use of mentoring to develop political skill in business and politics, and the relationship between political knowledge, awareness and skill.
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Member of the Business School Advisory Board, BSS University of Aarhus
- Chartered Association of Business Schools, Annual Conference ‘International students: Trends and next steps’ invited discussant (2017).
- University of Notre Dame, U.S. ‘Do voters get it right? Trait paradox and politician performance in office
- and during political campaigns’ (2017).
- Chatham House - West Africa Global Health Leaders Fellowship Programme ‘Leadership trends’ (2016).
- Women in Insurance Network ‘Navigating the labyrinth: Politics and power’ (2015).
- ESRC Seminar Series: The Dark Side of Philanthropy ‘Professionalising volunteers’ (2015).
- The Daedalus Trust & British Psychological Society conference ‘Mental traps and hubris’ The Royal Society of Medicine (2014).
- Towers Watson Leadership Breakfast ‘Diversity and leadership in the workplace’ (2014).
- British Psychological Society (N.I. Section) at the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, Stormont ‘Searching for good political leaders’ (2013).
- BNY Mellon, Diversity Leadership Forum ‘Navigating the labyrinth: Ethnicity in the financial sector’ (2013).
- University of Iceland, Reykjavik ‘Selecting and developing political leaders’ (2012).
- Power and Politics at Work
- Work Psychology
(for MBA, Executive Education, MSc and BSc)