ILA Podcast

Research Findings on Attitudes About Leadership

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with S. Lynn Shollen and Sam Wilson


We are excited to showcase two current leadership researchers and their findings, one from the United States and the other from Australia. We will discuss the development and key results of the first annual Attitudes about Leadership in the United States survey conducted by Lynn Shollen of Christopher Newport University. This 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. Also featured will be The Australian Leadership Index with its co-creator, Sam Wilson. This research 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.

Guests S. Lynn Shollen & Samuel Wilson

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. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Higher Education Policy and Administration. Her research interests include identity and the faculty to administrator transition, identity and perceptions of leadership, leadership identities construction, and teaching about women and leadership.

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. He earned his PhD from the University of Melbourne in experimental social psychology. His research interests span psychological studies of the future self to large, national studies of community beliefs about leadership for the greater good in the government, public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.