An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Dialogue Among Perspectives

Presenters: Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia Ospina

Date: 12 November 2014

Visit Amazon or your favorite bookstore to buy the book on which this webinar is based.


In their book, co-editors Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia Ospina bring together over 30 scholars from around the world whose research explores relational leadership theory from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. A volume in the Leadership Horizons series, its creation provides a case study of how a collaborative inquiry can advance the field of leadership, create a new resource for scholars and practitioners, and pique the curiosity of both experienced researchers as well as those new to the field.

Outcome of Attending

  • How the co-editorial process deepened their own thinking and scholarship
  • Challenges of and resultant breakthroughs from multi-paradigmatic approaches and multidisciplinary conversations
  • Bridging theory and application, research and practice
  • And more!

Speaker Information

Mary Uhl-Bien is the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership and Professor of Management at Texas Christian University. Over the past ten years, she has also been a Visiting Scholar in Sweden, Spain, Portugal, and Australia. Mary’s research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership, and has appeared in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly. Her research has been funded with grants from organizations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her papers on complexity leadership theory and followership theory were recognized with Best Paper Awards.

She is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series for Information Age Publishing, and is currently on or has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and The Leadership Quarterly. She is a founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) in the Academy of Management, and co-organizer of the NLS Annual Research/Practice Conference series. She is currently Program Chair for the OB Division in the Academy.

Mary is active in executive education nationally and internationally, teaching for the Brookings Institute, the Gallup Organization, and universities in both the U.S. and Europe. She served as the executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998-2004. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico during the summer of 2003, trained Russian businesspeople for the American Russian Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993-1996 and worked on a USAID grant at the Magadan Pedagogical Institute in Magadan, Russia from 1995-1996.

She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband and three children.

Sonia M. Ospina is a professor of Public Management and Policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is co-founder and Faculty Co-Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU/Wagner. A sociologist by training, her interest in democratic governance translates into three areas of scholarship in the U.S. and Latin America: leadership and social transformation; change in public management systems; and the craft of qualitative research.

Professor Ospina is the author of several books and numerous refereed articles in journals like The Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Public Administration Review.

Over the past decade she directed a Ford Foundation-sponsored multi-year, national research project, partnering with 90 U.S. social change organizations to study their leadership practices and their contributions to deepening democracy. During that time Ospina also explored the institutionalization of monitoring and evaluation government systems linked to public management reform in Latin America in 12 countries, using comparative research methods.

Professor Ospina is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in the United States. She has served in academic advisory roles and has been a visiting scholar in Sweden, Spain, England, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. She is co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the book review section of Public Administration Review, and is in the editorial board of several other academic journals, including four in Latin America. She has been the President of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE), and a member of the executive councils of the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

She has a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Masters in Public Policy and Management and a BA in Education Sciences. At Wagner, Professor Ospina teaches Leadership and Social Transformation, Foundations of Non-profit Management, Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Comparative Perspective, and Qualitative Research Methods.