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Bio - Chris Ernst

Chris Ernst
Chris Ernst


Chris is a recognized thought leader in developing collaborative leadership capabilities so that individuals and organizations can thrive in an interdependent world. He has honed his research and practice through fourteen years of service with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).

Chris has served in multi-year expatriate roles in Asia and Europe, leads cross-functional and multicultural teams, and designs and facilitates leadership interventions in diverse international and industry contexts. His industry experience crosses sectors such as financial, healthcare, military/government, education/nonprofit, retail and information technology, while his international experience crosses the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America.

Out of these varied experiences, Chris holds the conviction that the most pressing challenges we face today in business and society span boundaries, yet appreciates first-hand that collaborating across our differences is hard work.

Current Role

Chris is a senior faculty member in CCL's Organizational Leadership Practice, chartered to accelerate organizational impact through talent, strategy, and culture. Previously, he served as Research Director, Asia-Pacific with responsibility for the start-up of CCL's Research and Innovation group located in Singapore.

Chris focuses on translating research-based ideas into modules, tools, and applications. By integrating research knowledge with real-world experience, Chris has a unique ability to create innovative, practical leadership solutions to meet pressing client challenges.

Educational Background

Chris holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University.


Chris' thought leadership is widely published in articles, book chapters, the popular press, and as a sought after speaker at leading organizational and conference events. He is co-author of two books, Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations (McGraw-Hill Professional) and Success for the New Global Manager: How to Work Across Distance, Countries and Cultures (Jossey-Bass/Wiley).





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