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Mr. Timothy Holmes

PhD Student

BA (Hons) Business Management & Finance; MSc Management (International Business) with Distinction


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Biography

Tim is currently a PhD Student in Management at Durham University Business School and a member of the International Centre for Leadership and Followership. Tim joined the PhD programme following completion of a Master of Science Degree in Management (with Distinction) at Durham University. Alongside his research, Tim is the Seminar Tutor for the module ‘Organisational Behaviour’, a core module for the MSc in Management programme. Tim is currently the Research Chair for Management in the Business School’s Doctoral Society and the organiser of the monthly Reading Group for the International Centre for Leadership and Followership. He is also the PhD Representative for the Management & Marketing Department and has previously represented his peers as both Faculty Representative and Academic Representative. Tim is also a university-level rower and has undertaken key leadership roles during both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies including Men’s Captain, Treasurer and Club President. Prior to starting his Masters Degree, Tim was a full-time Sabbatical Officer and President of the Students’ Union at York St John University following successful completion of a Bachelors Degree in Business Management & Finance. He has experience of working in both Public and Private Higher Education Institutions as well as charitable organisations and entrepreneurial ventures.


Tim’s primary field of research is leadership. More precisely, his research focuses on leader identity (how individuals see themselves as leaders) and leadership impostorism (feelings of self-doubt in one’s own ability as a leader and fear of deceiving others into attaining that position). Tim’s work studies the influence of multiple life domains on an individual’s leadership identity and ability. He looks at work-life as an integrated process as opposed to the traditional balancing act. He is also focused on understanding how feelings of self-doubt or one’s identity across different domains can manifest further into impostor thoughts. Additionally, Tim is interested in the (positive/ negative) outcomes feelings of impostorism can have on the individuals, groups, and organisations. Tim presented some of his work with a fellow PhD Student at Durham Castle Conference 2022 (Theme: “Transitions and New Realities”).

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Tim is a PhD Student in Management at Durham University Business School and a member of the International Centre for Leadership and Followership. His research focuses on leader identity and leadership impostorism. Alongside his research, Tim is the Seminar Tutor for the module ‘Organisational Behaviour’, a core module for the MSc in Management programme.

Research interests

  • Leadership
  • Identity
  • Impostorism (also known as the impostor phenomenon)
  • Multidomain Leadership
  • Identity Integration
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