Connson Locke

Connson Chou Locke is Professorial Lecturer in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she teaches Leadership, Organisational Behaviour and Negotiation.

Before entering academia, Connson worked for sixteen years as an educator, manager and consultant in the United States and Asia Pacific. She spent several years in Hong Kong where she was Regional Training and Development Manager for the Boston Consulting Group, overseeing the learning and development of consulting staff in ten offices across Asia Pacific. Connson has extensive experience designing and teaching leadership development programmes and providing executive coaching. Connson’s first book, Making Your Voice Heard, was published by Octopus Books in March 2021.

Connson holds a PhD and MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honours. She has worked in nearly twenty countries across Europe and Asia Pacific as well as in the United States and Australia. She is fluent in English, speaks conversational Mandarin, and reads and speaks basic French.


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Making Your Voice Heard

Connson Locke

‘It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so increasingly necessary.’ – Aberjhani

The desire to be heard is a deep-seated human need, yet many of us still struggle to make our voices heard, especially in the hierarchical organisations and societies in which we live. Connson lectures on Developing Your Presence, Power, and Influence for the Guardian masterclass series, a topic which is increasingly relevant in modern life.

Now more than ever we need to hear these diverse voices and dissenting views. The world is becoming more complex and difficult to navigate – we cannot continue with old ways and expect them to work in a new and changing world. Drawing on research from social psychology, cognitive psychology and sociology, this book will explain how humans communicate, why we are prone to miscommunication, and how to overcome these barriers in order to make an impact.