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Dr Suze Wilson BA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Massey Executive Development

My career experience includes the following:

  • Self employed consultant (2008-ongoing)
  • Director, HR, Ministry for Primary Industries (2010)
  • Tutor, Victoria University of Wellington Management School (2008-2009)
  • Deputy Commissioner, People Capability, State Services Commission (2005 -2007)
  • General Manager, HR, New Zealand Post (2002-2005)
  • HR Manager, Letters, and Employment Relations Manager, NZ Post (2000-2002)
  • Self employed consultant (1997-2000)
  • Senior Manager, Industrial Relations, Ministry of Education (1996-1997)
  • National Industrial Officer, NZ Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (1993-1996)
  • Regional Organiser, NZ Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (1991-1993)
  • President, NZ University Students Association (1990)
  • President, University of Canterbury Students Associatoin (1989)
  • Clerical worker, WINZ (1983-1985)
  • Sawmill hand (1982)

All things to do with leadership interest me, along with an abiding interest in how we can make organisations both effective for external stakeholders and enjoyable places to work for employees. 

My doctoral research examined why and how it has become normalized in recent decades to equate 'leadership' with grandiose expectations of 'transformation', 'vision', and 'charisma'. I argue these ideas, when examined closely, actually create undesirable pressures on leaders, grant them excessive powers, and rely on the problematic assumption that 'followers' are inherently inadequate.I am interested in theorising and practising leadership in ways that are more inclusive and humble.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 84908
    Location: 3.11, Business Studies Central
    Campus: Turitea


  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Canterbury (1989)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Victoria University (2013)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

leadership theory

history of leadership theory

Michel Foucault

Discourse analysis

post-positivist research methodologies

critical management studies

Research Opportunities

  • new approaches to leadership  (1/10/2013) I am interested in opportunities to collaborate with scholars or practitioners interested in exploring new ways to theorise or practice leadership


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Human Resources Management (150305): Organisation and Management Theory (150310): Organisational Behaviour (150311)


leadership coaching

team development

HR strategy

change management

organisation design and devleopment

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Consultancy and Languages


  • since 1997 - Grace Consulting Limited
    GCL is my own company. My consulting assignments typically focus on leadership coaching, team development, HR strategy, change management or organisation design and development. Clients include: NZ Trade and Enterprise, Leadership Development Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZ Customs Services, State Services Commission, NZ Police, Department of Corrections, NZ Qualifications Authority, ACC, Audit NZ, Education Review Office, Ministry for Social Development, Norske Skog, Careers Service, Inland Revenue, Department of Internal Affairs, Transpower, Land Information NZ.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Post-and under-graduate teaching experince in mangement, project management and HR management.

Extensive experience in professional devleopment for senior and middle management. 

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 4 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Mathew Knowsley - Doctor of Philosophy
    A phenomenological enquiry into the contribution of followership to 21st century leadership constructs: Case studies of primary-care organizations.
  • Christy Hopkins - Doctor of Philosophy
    Leadership Re-Defined: Case Studies of Entrepreneurial Women
  • Rhema Chatiya Nantham - Doctor of Philosophy
    Learning from the experiences of women adult third culture kids: Prototyping their insights for leadership development in a globalising context
  • Dennis Yue - Doctor of Philosophy
    How can François Jullien's conception of the Chinese thought contribute to contemporary leadership scholarship

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Vasudha Rao - Doctor of Philosophy
    Rethinking sponsoring: Evidencing and conceptualising sponsorship as a relational practice for women’s career development

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