Behaviour of Leaders under the Academic Microscope
College of Health Sciences student Mr Mathew Haswell graduated as a Master of Medical Science following research in which he examined the personal stories of 15 South African-based corporate leaders.
The study titled: "Narratives of Value-Based Leadership", explored leadership development and the manner in which values were formed.
‘The thesis explores existing views of value based leadership as well as authentic leadership and authentic leadership development.’ said Haswell.
He said his qualitative research opened up further questions for future research on the impact of value-based leadership practices, in particular the role authentic leadership theory can have on a leader’s ability to lead effectively.
He conducted 15 one-on-one interviews with leaders and analysed the information gained using thematic analysis. ‘The interesting dynamic was that I conducted the research while I was employed by the company from which the sample was gathered and as a result I kept a journal of my experiences throughout the process,’ said Haswell.
Haswell, who plans to do his PhD in Behavioural Sciences or an MBA, is currently a Communications Manager for the Mr Price Group.
‘As a result of conducting this research I have found that I really enjoy working in a space that explores leadership communication and development. In time, should the opportunity present itself, I would enjoy consulting in this regard or lecturing on this type of subject matter.’
He is also hoping to publish a paper based upon the study’s findings.
‘I was fortunate to grow up in a stable home with a good family and upbringing which afforded me a good grounding in life.’
Haswell, married with a son, described himself as an incredibly curious person who enjoys learning, exploring and gaining new knowledge, in particular exploring human social dynamics.
‘I am always open for a deep conversation about the meaning of life. I am also passionate about good design, enjoy visual communication and film and video production. I am an avid sport fan and you will find me tracking the stats and strategies before soccer, cricket or rugby games.’
Durban-born Haswell said his family was very proud of his achievement and now they want to know what was next!