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Leadership Research & Analytics

At CCL, we’ve been conducting original scientific research in the field of leadership development for 50 years. The result? One of the largest leadership research databases in the world and a rich body of evidence-based science used to accelerate leadership performance.

This big-picture, original thinking directly shapes both applied best practices for today’s leadership needs and anticipates and explores theories and practice for the next generation.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes a variety of social scientists, data scientists, statisticians, and product innovators. The team applies the latest scientific methodologies and analytic techniques to produce academic publications, new products and services, thought leadership, and evaluation methodologies for measuring the impact of leadership development.

Recent work in neuroscience, equity, diversity and inclusion, and data science has created new knowledge and interventions in research fields like resilience, social identity, and 21st century leadership challenges. 

We Pioneered Leadership Development Research

Over the past 5 decades, our research team has been among the first to create and implement 360 feedback, investigate leader derailment, and conduct research on the glass ceiling effect.

As a pioneer of leadership research and development, we’ve created a reliable set of best practices and forged new directions for leaders and what leadership can achieve.

Explore Our Leadership Research

Discover our Executive Outlook report, a compilation of our research team’s latest projects and insights.

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Explore insights from our Leadership Research & Analytics team to help you and your organization face today’s unprecedented challenges. The 2020 edition of our Executive Outlook report is nearly 60 pages of evidence-based findings from our cutting-edge work.

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