ILA Podcast

Research Findings on Attitudes About Leadership

Attitudes on Leadership. Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future With Maureen Metcalf

Guests: Drs. Lynn Shollen and Sam Wilson


Odds are good you aren’t happy with our leaders. Less than 1/3 of Americans believe their leaders are effective. That’s according to the Leadership Attitudes Survey by Dr. Lynn Shollen. Shollen shares more results from the survey followed by Dr. Sam Wilson’s insights from a similar survey in Australia – the Australian Leadership Index.

The two studies had remarkably similar findings. Bottom line: Most of us feel our leaders are too far removed from the everyday experiences of ordinary people.

So what can leaders do about it? Listen in to find out!

The Leadership Attitudes Survey  examines the public’s attitudes about leaders and leadership, perceptions of influences on leadership at various levels and in different sectors, and factors affecting willingness to follow, among other topics.  The Australian Leadership Index measures perceptions and expectations of leadership for the greater good in twelve institutions across the government, public and private and non-profit sectors in Australia.

Dr. S. Lynn Shollen is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and department chair in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University, a public liberal arts institution in Newport News, Virginia, in the United States.

Dr. Sam Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Leadership in the Department of Management and Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He is also co-director of the Thriving in Society 4.0 program of the Social Innovation Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Social Psychology of Innovation Research Group, also at Swinburne.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured 30 years of experience in an award-winning series of books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture using Innovative Leadership techniques. 

Maureen shares her hard-won insights through public speaking, industry publications, interviews, and video presentations. She is a regular contributor to, host of the top international radio show, Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, and author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series. The series includes: Innovative Leadership FieldbookInnovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations; Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders; and Innovative Leadership for Health Care, among others.

She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

About Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. Leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: To bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve…growing your team, your business, and yourself! This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else. Become an innovative leader in your own right! 

Innovating Leadership is proud to partner with the International Leadership Association on a yearly series of episodes on global leadership with special ILA speakers, members, and guests. 

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