Adrian Furnham

Adrian Furnham is professor of Psychology, academic, book author and keynote speaker.

He was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil). He has subsequently earned a D.Sc and D.Litt degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1992 to 2018.

He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College.

He is currently Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management.

Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre. He has written over 1300 scientific papers and 95 books.


How to select potential leaders?

This lecture will deal with the latest findings in the assessment of high-flyers in the workplace. It looks particularly at those factors that predict success in leadership roles. It starts with a review of the literature from the past fifty years and what the new studies show that attempt to identify those ability, motivations and traits that are associated with work success and leadership excellence. It then considers how to assess, using different methods, future leaders and the benefits and drawbacks of each. More importantly it attempts to explain how and why (the mechanisms and processes) these factors are important in leadership success.


Developments in Assessment and Selection

This workshop will look at old and new methods to assess people at work.

Particular attention will be given to new methods and whether there is proof of their validity.