The Center for Creative Leadership sponsors awards to stimulate outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.

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 2016-2017 H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow

bobJohansenBob Johansen, whose forecasting skills have helped some of the world’s most influential organizations thrive in rapidly changing times, will serve as the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL®) H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow in 2016.

Johansen currently serves as Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, a 48-year old Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit research organization that he led as president from 1996 to 2004. With more than 35 years of experience in forecasting future trends, Johansen continues to write, speak and lead strategic workshops for top executives globally.

As the author or co-author of nine books, Johansen teamed with CCL on the second edition of his groundbreaking book Leaders Make the Future: 10 New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World. CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan wrote the foreword for the book, which includes a CCL self-assessment and other original content.

“I’m focused on the ten-year future, seeking out and trying to understand the external forces that will be most disruptive to leaders,” Johansen says. “More importantly, I’m looking for early models of how leaders can thrive in this increasingly disruptive future.”

During his CCL fellowship, Johansen will be writing a new book on how next-generation leaders can thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world. In his role as Visiting Fellow, Johansen will partner with CCL on a variety of initiatives focused on the future of leadership. Among them:

  • Workshops with CCL faculty as his new book takes shape.
  • A presentation for CCL’s board.
  • Joint explorations of next generation leadership.

“Bob Johansen is a world-class forecaster who sees the future with tremendous intelligence, imagination, and accuracy,” CCL’s Ryan says. “We’re privileged to continue our fruitful partnership with him, and we look forward to exploring new ideas and offerings that will drive results for our clients.”

Previous H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellows
  Peter Ping Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Chinese Business Studies – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

  Karen Stephenson, Ph.D.
President, NetForm International and Professor of Management – Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management

Jessica Payne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, and Director of the Sleep Stress & Memory (SAM) Lab – University of Notre Dame

Prasad Kaipa, Ph.D.
CEO – Kaipa Group, California

Dharm P.S. Bhawuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Management and Culture and Community Psychology – Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii

Douglas T. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University

Andrew Kakabadse, Ph.D.
Professor, International Management Development – Cranfield University

Ellie Weldon, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – IMD International

Michael Fullan
Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Ontario

Shalom Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Kathy Kram, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University School of Management

Jay Conger, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – London Business School

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award recognizes outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in memory of Kenneth Clark, a distinguished scholar and former president of CCL. Beginning in 2010, the award will be co-sponsored with the International Leadership Association (ILA). The winner will receive a cash award and a trip to the ILA Annual Conference to present the paper in a colloquium. The 2018 conference will be held October 24-27 in West Palm Beach, FL.

2017 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award Winner

Aleka MacLellanCCL recently selected Aleka MacLellan the 2017 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award winner for her paper “The role of leaders in motivating their subordinates at work”.

Aleka MacLellan is a Consultant with LHH Knightsbridge Talent and Leadership Development in Toronto, Ontario. LHH Knightsbridge helps organizations simplify leadership and workforce transformation so they can accelerate their performance, with less risk. The Talent and Leadership Development practice helps organizations build leaders, teams and performance cultures for today and the future. Aleka’s focus is in leadership assessment for the purpose of selection, succession planning and development, as well as team effectiveness and culture.

Prior to joining LHH Knightsbridge, Aleka completed her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Aleka’s research on leadership was supported by over 20 funding awards. Additionally, Aleka has presented at over 10 conferences, seven of which she received awards for best submission or presentation.

2018 Call for Papers

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are pleased to partner to sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center.

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The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award is named in honor of Walter F. Ulmer, Jr., retired president, for his contributions to CCL and the leadership field, to demonstrate CCL’s commitment to applied research, and to build connections with other professionals whose work and commitments are congruent with CCL’s. He or she receives $1,500 and a trip to the Center to attend the Research Awards Event.

2016 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award Winner

john-mathieuDr. John Mathieu, has been chosen as the 2016 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Award Recipient for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of leadership.

John Mathieu is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut, where he also holds the Friar Chair in Leadership and Teams. His primary areas of interest include models of team and multi-team effectiveness, leadership, training effectiveness, and cross-level models of organizational behavior. He has conducted work with several Fortune 500 companies, the armed services (i.e., Army, Navy, and Air Force), federal and state agencies (e.g., NRC, NASA, FAA, DOT), and numerous public and private organizations. Dr. Mathieu has over 100 publications, 200 presentations at national and international conferences, and has been a PI or Co-PI on over $11.1M in grants and contracts. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management. He serves on numerous editorial boards and has guest edited special volumes of top-level journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.

Past Award Winners

  Dr. Soon Ang

  Lynda Gratton

  David V. Day

Dr. Gary Yukl

Dr. Fred E. Fiedler


The Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award, sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, is presented annually in recognition of the best published paper submitted during the previous year to The Leadership Quarterly. The annual award for best paper is presented jointly by CCL and The Leadership Quarterly. The award includes a citation, cash award and invitation to visit CCL.

2016 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

Dr. George BanksCCL is pleased to announce that Dr. George C. Banks has been selected as Leadership Quarterly Award winner for his article, “A meta-analytic review of authentic and transformational leadership: A test for redundancy“, published in The Leadership Quarterly (v. 27, pp. 634-652) as the best paper published in 2016.

Dr. George C. Banks (PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University) is an assistant professor in the department of management within the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. His research and teaching interests include leadership and team development, strategic HRM, as well as research methods and statistics. Dr. Banks has more than 30 publications, including journal articles in outlets, such as Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Management. He was the recipient of the 2017 Sage Publications/CARMA Early Career Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. His work has been featured in popular media outlets, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street  Journal, and National Public Radio (NPR).

Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Banks worked as a consultant for HRinterax, Inc. (Shelton, CT) and Human Technology, Inc. (McLean, VA). He has provided services for diverse clients, such as the Missile Defense Agency, the Forest Service, and the Patent and Trade Office.

Download the 2016 Winning paper.


The EJWOP Best Paper Award is jointly sponsored by CCL and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology recognizes high-quality scholarly work on leadership and organizational effectiveness. Annual EJWOP awards are announced every two years, coinciding with the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology International Conference in held in May. The two authors receive a cash award and will present their papers at the EAWOP conference in Oslo, Norway.

2014 Award Winner

nadineBienefeldNadine Bienefeld is an academic lecturer and consultant at the University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics. Her research interests include leadership, voice, and boundary-spanning in multi-team systems. With over 15 years of experience working as a human factors specialist in the field of aviation and health care, she also has a strong motivation to help transfer scientific findings into practice and consults various organizations worldwide on her topics of expertise. Read the abstract

2013 Award Winner

remusIliesRemus Ilies is professor of management and organization at The National University of Singapore. His research focuses on topics such as employee stress and well-being, work-family processes, and leadership and motivation, with a particular interest in understanding the role of emotional processes in explaining outcomes relevant to these research topics. This research has been published in premier scholarly journals, and for his research, Dr. Ilies received numerous awards from organizations such as theAcademy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Read the abstract