Amanda Sinclair

Professorial Fellow

Amanda Sinclair joined Melbourne Business School in 1988 and was appointed Foundation Professor of Management of Diversity and Change in 1995 and a Professorial Fellow in 2012. Amanda was awarded a Distinguished Honorary Fellowship by Melbourne Business School in October 2017.

After completing her PhD in Political Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Amanda has worked as an academic and consultant, coaching individuals and senior management teams in the government and corporate sectors.

Amanda is a widely published author, recognised in academic and corporate circles as a pioneer in diversity and women in leadership and explorer of the application of mindfulness in leadership. Her research has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, Leadership, Organization, Gender, Work and Organisation and more.

Amanda currently teaches Leadership and Change on the MBA and Executive MBA programs and our executive education programs.


Nixon, C. and Sinclair, A. (2017) Women Leading Carlton: Melbourne University Press.

Leading Mindfully: How to focus on what matters, influence for good and enjoy leadership more, Sinclair, A, March 2016, Allen & Unwin.

Leadership for the Disillusioned: Beyond myths and heroes to leading that liberates, Sinclair, A, March 2007, Allen & Unwin.

Doing Leadership Differently, Sinclair, A, December 2004, Melbourne University Press, Parkville.

New Faces of Leadership, Sinclair, A & Wilson, V, December 2002, Melbourne University Press, Parkville.

Trials at the Top: Chief executives talk about men, women and the Australian executive culture, Sinclair, A, 1994, University of Melbourne, Australian Centre, Parkville.

Most Recent Research Articles

Sinclair, A. (2019) ‘Five movements in an embodied feminism: A memoir’ Human Relations 72(1): 144-158.

Meister, A., Sinclair, A. and Jehn, K. (2017) ‘Identities under scrutiny: How women negotiate identity asymmetries at work’ Leadership Quarterly.

Bodies, sexualities and women leaders in popular culture’, with Bell, E & Sinclair, A, 2016, Gender in Management: An International Journal, vol. 31, no. 5–6, pp. 322–338.

Traditional midwifery or “wise women” models of leadership’, with Chamberlain, C, Fergie, D, Sinclair, A & Asmar, C, July 2016, Leadership, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 346–363.

Containing, contesting, creating spaces: Leadership and cultural identity among Australian Indigenous arts leaders’, Evans, M & Sinclair, A, July 2016, Leadership, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 270–292.

Possibilities, purpose and pitfalls: Insights from introducing mindfulness to leaders’, Sinclair, A, 2015, Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 3–11.

Reclaiming eroticism in the academy’, Bell, E & Sinclair, A, March 2004, Organization, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 268–280.