An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

What’s Wrong With Leadership? Improving Leadership Research and Practice

Presenters: Ron Riggio, David Day and Stefanie Johnson

Date: 17 July 2019

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Are we using best practices in the study, practice, and development of leadership? Based on an edited volume of the same name, this webinar will explore the ways that leadership research and practice fall short and discuss ways to improve both.

Topics will include:

  • How to improve leadership development
  • How and why leadership research is too male-centric and western-centric
  • Methodological limitations in both theory and practice.

As Riggio wrote in the book’s introduction, “The study of leadership is both immensely fascinating and enormously complex. A major concern that troubles all leadership scholars is whether the scope of our theories and the methods used to study leadership are broad enough to capture its complexity and precise enough to actually understand the phenomenon.” Additionally, leadership practitioners, educators, and coaches want confidence that leadership development approaches are backed by evidence-based methods. The premise of the book is that it’s important to consider what’s wrong with leadership in order to improve the study and practice of leadership overall.

This webinar’s three presenters are part of a larger community of international leadership scholars brought together by renowned scholar (and ILA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner honoree) Robert Lord. They and additional leadership researchers were recruited to contribute their expertise and perspectives to re-evaluate past research and offer “a more complex, nuanced understanding of leadership [to] impact research and practice.”

Speaker Information

headshot of Ron Riggio

Ronald E. Riggio, is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology.

Ron is former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College and a former board member of the ILA. He is the author or editor of over 100 books, book chapters, and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology. His books include What’s Wrong with Leadership? Improving Leadership Research and Practice (Routledge, 2019) Leadership Studies (Elgar, 2011), The Art of Followership and The Practice of Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2008, 2007), and Transformational Leadership (2nd ed.), coauthored with Bernard M. Bass (Erlbaum, 2006). Ron is an Associate Editor of The Leadership Quarterly, and is on the Editorial Boards of Leadership, Leadership Review, Group Dynamics, and the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. He was the originator of the Shoptalk column at the Los Angeles Times, a Q&A column dealing with workplace problems/issues, and writes frequently for Psychology Today.

David Day, Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College and Academic Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, Steven L. Eggert ’82 P’15 Professor of Leadership and George R. Roberts Fellow.

Previously he was Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Woodside Chair in Leadership and Management at The University of Western Australia Business School. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. David’s core research interests include the areas of leadership, identity, and leadership development. In 2010 he was awarded the Walter F. Ulmer Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership (USA) for outstanding, career-long contributions to applied leadership research.

Stefanie K. Johnson, Associate Professor of management at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Stefanie studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. Stefanie has published 40 journal articles and book chapters in outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Applied Psychology and The Academy of Management Journal. She has presented her work at over 50 meetings around the world including at the White House for a 2016 summit on diversity in corporate America on National Equal Pay Day and the 2016 Harvard Negotiation and Leadership Conference. She has extensive consulting experience and has created and delivered leadership development training with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. She has received multiple million dollars in federal and other grant funding to study leadership and create leadership development programs aimed at increasing safety. Media outlets featuring Stefanie’s work include: The Economist, Newsweek, Time, CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal.

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