Dr Lester Levy



Dr Lester Levy is the foundation Chief Executive of the New Zealand Leadership Institute, which commenced in October 2003. Since that time, Dr Levy has been Professor (Adjunct) of Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School. Dr Levy is also the Chairman of Auckland Transport, the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards and Tonkin & Taylor as well as being an independent director of the public listed company Orion Health. A graduate of Medicine and an MBA with his formative management background in large multi-nationals, Dr Levy is best known for leading a number of organisational performance transformations as a Chief Executive and entrepreneur, in both the public and private sectors. Dr Levy teaches leadership, governance and ethics at the postgraduate level and his research interests include concepts of leadership, perceptions of leadership, governance as leadership and the relationship between leadership and management. His work has been published in a number of international peer reviewed academic journals and he is the author of the book “Leadership and the Whirlpool Effect”. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, Dr Levy was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to health and education.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Carroll, B., & Levy, L. (2014). Leadership development as identity construction. In R. Hall, D. Grant, J. Raelin (Eds.) Leadership development and practice. London, UK: SAGE.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brigid Carroll
  • Carroll, B., Ingley, C., Levy, L., & Inkson, K. (2012). Discourses of Governance: Paradox, Paralysis and Generativity. Paper presented at 8th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance (ECMLG), Neapolis Univ Pafos, Pafos, CYPRUS. 8 November - 9 November 2012. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 8TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE. (pp. 8).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kerr Inkson, Brigid Carroll
  • Woolley, L., Caza, A., & Levy, L. (2011). Authentic leadership and follower development: psychological capital, positive work climate, and gender. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 18 (4), 438-448.
  • Levy, L. (2011). Why Leadership Matters. Auckland University Business Review, 14 (1)
  • Caza, A., Bagozzi, R. P., Woolley, L., Levy, L., & Caza, B. B. (2010). Psychological capital and authentic leadership: Measurement, gender, and cultural extension. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 2 (1), 53-70. 10.1108/17574321011028972
  • Levy, L., Kulich, C., & Gosling, J. (2009). Growing through failure: character-building and discourse in negotiating identities. Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership: Leadership in Crisis, Birmingham, UK. 7 December - 8 December 2009.
  • Jackson, B., & Levy, L. (2008). Leadership is everyone's responsibility. National Business Review, Oct 3, 28-28.
  • Carroll, B. J., Levy, L., & Richmond, D. (2008). Leadership as Practice: Challenging the Competency Paradigm. Leadership, 4 (4), 363-381. 10.1177/1742715008095186
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brigid Carroll

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 477
New Zealand