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Elesa Zehndorfer

Multi Award Winning Writer


Click on this video to hear from Chase Matthews, Head of Government Liaison for fictional scitech corp Levanter to watch the book trailer/to find out more about dystopian political novel Upload.

I am a professional writer and author of five (politics, leadership & finance-related) titles for leading global academic publisher Taylor & Francis. My political novel Upload was recently re-released in hardback (alongside existing paperback and e-book formats). Selected reviews of my books can be viewed via the Reviews tab of this website. I also manage a politics & finance-themed Psychology Today blog (Political Animals and Animal Spirits | Psychology Today). As Editor of independent publishing house Blackheath Publishing ( I enjoy the privilege of working with a small selection of talented new authors to bring their stories and adventures to life.

I am currently working on a manuscript for a book titled 'Post Truth Politics: A Brave New World?' which will be released by Taylor & Francis in January 2025. It is an intriguing and fascinating time to write this particular book, give the fact that 40 national elections are scheduled for 2024, with a POTUS sworn in the same month (January 2025) that the book will hit bookshelves. Check out my recent Psychology Today article (ranked as an Essential Read) for a taste of the book - can supplementing with testosterone really alter the political affiliation of a voter?

Having worked in academia for many years, I now lecture on an executive MBA programme at a leading European academic institution. I have spoken, over the years, at many conferences and events in North America, Europe, the UK and Asia. I earned my doctorate from Loughborough University in 2006. When I am not writing, I love teaching & practicing Pilates, working out and being in nature as much as possible.


New Release


My debut fiction was released in 2022 by Blackheath Publishing. Check out the original book trailer here, or buy it in an eBook or paperback format today! Kindle Unlimited member? Then you can read it for free!

A breath taking, explosive adventure thriller, Upload will take you on an edge-of-your-seat journey between science & faith, life & death, and a battle for the political soul of a nation. Join Luke Templeton in his epic race against time to stop the freewheeling rise of shadowy sci tech giant Levanter from waging ultimate destruction in this life, and beyond. 

From the stunning mountain peaks of Lake Saffira, through the wild seas of the Bering Strait and across the vast ice plains of Alaska, Upload is a genre-crossing adventure thriller that will truly keep you guessing until the very last page.


I'm fortunate to have earned some outstanding reviews for all of my titles. Check out a selection of what readers had to say about my books below! Interested in finding out more? Simply check out the links at the top of this home page or send me a message via the Contact page.

'Leadership is a complex and controversial phenomenon. Yet, Elesa Zehndorfer has succeeded in writing a comprehensive and instructive guide to understanding leadership in all its manifestations. Leadership: A Critical Introduction summarizes and critiques the spectrum of approaches to the study and practice of leadership and is a stimulating contribution for the benefit of both scholars and practitioners.' - Packianathan Chelladurai, Ph.D., LL.D., Distinguished Professor, School of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management, Troy University, Canada

Review of Leadership: A Critical Introduction

Hear From My Readers! 

‘Zehndorfer's Charismatic Leadership is the first book of its kind that sought to deconstruct the role of charismatic leaders in fuelling the fires of market fragility and the cyclical boom-and-bust nature of the financial markets. A must read for any scholar or practitioner wishing to gain further insight into the powerful role of charisma in the origination and perpetuation of financial markets crises.’ - Thomas Pang, CEO, Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Limited, Singapore

Review of Charisma

'Zehndorfer’s Leadership: A Critical Introduction will be required reading for my undergraduate students, graduate students, and consulting clients. Readers seeking to better understand the fascinating concept on leadership will be treated to comprehensive overview of this topic, from the trait theory of leadership contemporary concepts like emotional intelligence and authentic leadership. Zehndorfer effectively weaves in case studies, vignettes and concept check exercises to facilitate deeper understanding and learning. This book is a one-stop shopping expedition for researchers and practitioners alike.' -  Jim Weese, PhD, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Review of Leadership: A Critical Introduction

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