Explorer of the theory, practice and importance of speaking truth to power.
Ranked in 2021.
Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Radar Award 2019.
Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2018.
Working at the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness, Reitz’s research focuses on how we meet, see, hear, speak, learn with and encounter one another in organisational systems and how we might encourage dialogue which is more humane and which enables us, our colleagues and our society to flourish. Current focus is on the rise of ‘employee activism’.
Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge Executive Education – part of Hult International Business School. Before joining Ashridge, she was a consultant with Deloitte; surfed the dot-com boom with boo.com; and worked in strategy consulting for the Kalchas Group.
Recent research with John Higgins on ‘Speaking truth to Power’ – examining how perceptions of power enable and silence others – has been featured in five HBR articles. It is the subject of a TEDx talk and Speak Up: Say what needs to be said and hear what needs to be heard (2019). With Michael Chaskalson, she is the author of Mind Time: How Ten Mindful Minutes can enhance your work, health and happiness (2018) and she is also the author of Dialogue in Organizations; Developing Relational Leadership (2015).
“A powerful and coherent voice on the real dynamics of speaking truth to power in organizations.”
Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50