Adjunct Professor Heather Cairns-Lee

British, Swiss
Adjunct Professor Heather Cairns-Lee

Experience & Background: Heather is an experienced leadership development professional whose work encompasses the design and delivery of executive learning, research into leadership and organizational development, group facilitation and executive coaching.

She has designed and run programs for senior executives and management teams at top European and U.S. Business Schools as a group consultant, individual coach and adjunct faculty. Her work with IMD Business School has encompasses research, learning design and delivery as well as the management and growth of strategic businesses. She successfully directed IMD’s Partnership program business and led IMD’s Learning Network of 140 companies through its early stages of digitization. She has contributed to the design and delivery of IMD’s flagship leadership programs including the MBA leadership stream, Strategies for Leadership and Mobilizing People as well as numerous partnership programs including ABB, Adecco, BASF, Generali, Swisscom and UEFA. Heather has also run deep dive and mega dive processes with management teams to enhance strategic direction. Her research and program designs have won awards for innovation and impact and her work with EFMD initiated industry standards in management education through the introduction of EQUIS. She works with leaders and their teams in multinationals, the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organisation to provide executive coaching and transformation journeys.

Heather’s PhD thesis on how leaders make meaning through metaphor won the University of Surrey Researcher of the Year Award, 2017 and the prestigious Emerald/EFMD Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research for Leadership and Organisational development. Her research focuses on the development of self-awareness and authenticity and the power of metaphor in intuition, creativity and sensemaking in organisations.

Expertise & Interests: Executive education, leadership development, facilitation, transformation journeys and executive coaching.

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Heather Cairns-Lee's Publications
Roche Diagnostics Belgium (A): Changing a winning formula
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Roche Diagnostics Belgium (B): Cultural and Digital transformation
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