An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Leadership Development in the US: Best-Practice Principles & Patterns

Presenter: Todd Pittinsky

Date: 26 May 2010


Bringing groups together is a central and unrelenting task of leadership. CEOs must nudge their executives to rise above divisional turf battles, mayors try to cope with gangs in conflict, and leaders of many countries face the realities of sectarian violence. Intergroup leadership brings together two powerful scholarly disciplines: intergroup relations and leadership. What emerges is a new mandate for leaders to reassess what have been regarded as some very successful tactics for building group cohesion.

Leaders can no longer just “rally the troops.” Instead they must employ more positive means to span boundaries, affirm identity, cultivate trust, and collaborate productively.

This webinar will cover some of the theoretical and practical findings of recent research on intergroup leadership as well as insights from a new multidisciplinary edited volume on the topic including highly regarded business scholars, social psychologists, policy experts, and interfaith activists to bring to the audience important insights on the art and practice of intergroup leadership.

Speaker Information

Todd Pittinsky is Associate Professor at Stony Brook University. Prior to joining the Stony Brook faculty he was an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as Research Director of the Center for Public Leadership. He earned an A.B. in psychology from Yale University, an M.A. in psychology from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Business School. He is the author of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference.