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Dr Paul Gentle

Academic Director

Paul Gentle photo - business writing and leadership expertsA leadership expert, Paul has dedicated the last ten 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.”

Contact Paul, e: paul.gentle@invisiblegrail.com

Something you may not know about Paul

Paul has four sons, two of whom live in different cities in the European Union – Lisbon and Copenhagen. Visiting them makes for great opportunities to put into practice his enthusiasm for languages.


Paul's Blog Posts

  • 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 …Read More »
  • “As long as your arm”

    “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 …Read More »
  • Distraction: Evil or Art?

    Distraction: Evil or Art?

      Distraction. A word we associate with falling behind; clock ticking; unfocused thoughts. But what about the unexpected joys and unforeseen creativity it can bring? And the role of the people who trigger it in …Read More »
  • How do you create a community of practice?

    How do you create a community of practice?

      Communication and narrative are two essential parts of creating a community of practice. The third? A team of people who are up for the challenge and have the desire to do something bold – …Read More »