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 2020 conference will be held November 5-8 in San Francisco, California.

2019 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award Winner

Samantha A. PenneyCCL recently selected Samantha A. Penney the 2019 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award winner for her paper “Fostering a Psychologically Healthy Workplace through Leadership”

Samantha A. Penney completed her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. During her graduate studies, Samantha’s research focused on leadership development and promoting psychologically healthy workplaces through training and individualized interventions. Samantha has developed both leader-level and employee-level training and coaching programs and consequently has worked with hundreds of leaders. Samantha has authored several journal articles and book chapters on leadership and employee well-being and has presented her work at over 10 international conferences. Currently, Samantha works as an Assessment Analyst in the Talent and Leadership Development practice at Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) Knightsbridge. Samantha’s role focuses on conducting leadership assessments and drawing insights about leaders’ strengths and opportunities for development for the purposes of selection and development. Prior to LHH Knightsbridge, Samantha worked as an independent consultant, a part-time faculty member for Saint Mary’s University, and as a facilitator for Morneau Shepell, delivering workshops and seminars to corporate clients.

2020 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.

2018 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

Paul ArvateCCL is pleased to announce that Paulo Roberto Arvate has been selected as Leadership Quarterly Award winner for his article, “The queen bee: A myth? The effect of top-level female leadership on subordinate females“, published in The Leadership Quarterly as the best paper published in 2018.

Paulo Roberto Arvate is a graduate and undergraduate professor on São Paulo Business Administration and a member of the Center for Applied Microeconomics (Getúlio Vargas Foundation). Dr. Arvate holds a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has done short visits as a Visiting Professor at MSU and as a USA Visiting Researcher at Nova de Lisboa, with PT Honors and Awards Best technical book in Brazil (Premio Jabuti). In 2005, a several times finalist with their Ph.D. students of the best year paper from the Brazilian National Association of Business Schools George Stigler Prize (second place, from INSPER –Brazil) and 2018 Best paper from applied research from Getúlio Vargas Foundation, 2018.

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2017 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

CCL is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester has been selected as Leadership Quarterly Award winner for her article, “Incorporating social networks into leadership development: A conceptual model and evaluation of research and practice“, published in The Leadership Quarterly as the best paper published in 2017.

Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester is an Assistant Professor of Management and Leadership in the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Her research aims to improve leadership effectiveness by advancing the assessment and development of leaders and leadership systems. She is director of the ILEAD lab which focuses on relational aspects of leadership, including leaders’ social networks and the role of organizational networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and the implementation of strategic and large-scale change. Dr. Cullen-Lester’s current research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining the University of Houston, Dr. Cullen-Lester was a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where she led the center’s R&D efforts integrating networks into leadership development. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational psychology from Auburn University and serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business and Psychology.

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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 held in May. The two authors receive a cash award and will present their papers at the EAWOP conference in Oslo, Norway.

2018 Award Winner

Catherine HaslamCatherine Haslam, PhD is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the social and cognitive consequences of identity-changing life transitions (e.g., trauma, disease, aging, retirement, addiction) and interventions that can be used to manage these. One line of research focuses on identifying the group processes that are vital in protecting health and well-being in periods of vulnerability and life change. This has contributed to a body of work on the social cure that has been published in two volumes on which she is co- and lead-author — Social Cure: Identity, Health and Well-being (2012) and The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the social cure (2018). Read the abstract

2017 Award Winner

Anna SteidleAnna Steidle, PhD is professor of personnel management and leadership at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg, Germany. Her research focuses on topics such as physical working conditions, personal growth, and resource-oriented interventions at work, with a particular interest in understanding the role of energy resources for employee well-being and performance. Read the abstract