Closing the ‘knowing-doing’ gap

Closing the ‘knowing-doing’ gap


Closing the ‘knowing-doing’ gap: Increasing your own productivity and learning new skills online

This session is an opportunity for reflection on your own self-leadership. We will focus on the knowing-doing gap, looking at why much of what leaders know does not always translate into real action. We will view this challenge particularly in relation to the current tough times we all find ourselves in. The session will explore strategies for overcoming fear in the face of uncertainty and change, and offer tips for increasing and sustaining your productivity in the “new normal”.



Dr. Amal Ahmadi

Amal Ahmadi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Organisational Behaviour at the Henley Business School, and is a member of the Henley Centre for Leadership and the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Her PhD research explored the leadership knowing-doing gap. It focused on the role of leader fear and the leadership context in influencing the transfer of leadership knowledge into leadership action. It drew on cognitive, affective and behavioural mechanisms to explore the phenomena in study, and has the potential to be extended into several interdisciplinary avenues for future research.

Amal has presented her research at a number of conferences, such as the British Academy of Management (BAM), the Academy of Management (AOM), and the Developing Leadership Capacity Conference (DLCC) among others. She has won the Best Doctoral Paper Award for a paper presented at the 9th Conference on Emotions and Organisational Life (Emonet IX) in 2014.

Amal’s research interests include leadership and leadership development, as well as emotions in the workplace.

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