The latest insights on narrative, storytelling and leadership in higher education.

Dr Paul Gentle

Academic Director

A leadership expert, Paul has dedicated the last twelve years to creating and delivering leadership development programmes in higher education.

“I’ve been working in higher education for over 20 years in various guises; as a Head of Department, Dean, a Director of Programmes specialising in leadership development, and now as Academic Director for Invisible Grail. In more recent years I have worked with a number of senior leaders and learned a great deal about the nuances of senior leadership.

Invisible Grail represents the two halves of my whole: a passion for leadership development and a love for the art of writing and communication. In 2016 a thrilling journey among Atlantic islands of Europe inspired a personal quest, and led serendipitously to my wanting to enable leaders to make an impact by discovering their own narrative.”

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Paul’s Blog Posts

  • How to connect beliefs and values with writing a strategy

    How to connect beliefs and values with writing a strategy

    Strategy isn’t just facts, figures and mission statements. It encompasses the breadth and depth of the people who lead and live it. Drawing on two fictional universities facing real-life challenges, Paul Gentle examines how working …Read More »
  • Influence…and how you do it

    Influence…and how you do it

    Nurturing influencing skills are like playing a musical instrument: the more you fine tune, the better you get. Paul Gentle offers his insights on recognising the scary stuff, reading the room, and how to use …Read More »
  • It’s a Mentor-full world!

    It’s a Mentor-full world!

    The benefits of mentoring are widely accepted. Gifting your experience and expertise to another can be both professionally rewarding and personally satisfying. But is there more to it than that? Paul Gentle explores the powerful …Read More »
  • “As long as your arm” Breaking free of a short-term mindset

    “As long as your arm” Breaking free of a short-term mindset

    Short-term mindsets drain people of creativity and motivation. They make longer-term strategic visions fade into the background. Drawing on recent work, Paul Gentle examines the shift needed to release people from the tyranny of to …Read More »