January 2020 —


The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), has  announced the creation of its Science Advisory Council (SAC) to provide external review and high-level advice on research strategies and directions. The council will convene for the first time on February 5, 2020 in a virtual meeting.

The SAC will cover CCL’s key areas of research and development with a particular focus on leadership development, leadership analytics, and evaluation and impact of interventions to facilitate the development of individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

Now in its 5th decade, research has been the basis of CCL’s many contributions to leadership development theory and application, including being among the first to create and implement 360 feedback, investigate leader derailment, conduct research on the glass ceiling effect, and understand the processes by which successful executives gain leadership lessons.

The SAC will help CCL enhance research efforts and validate investments in its research program. Research informs the solutions CCL develops, products offered, and resources shared with the larger leadership community as part of the mission to improve leadership for the benefit of society overall.

“The members of our new Science Advisory Council are world-class professionals whose insights and contributions will be invaluable in furthering CCL’s mission,” CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan said. “We are honored to partner with and learn from these extraordinarily talented researchers and excited about the impact they will have on CCL’s work globally.”

“We are excited and privileged to have the opportunity to work with these renowned experts on furthering the understanding of leaders and leadership development across the globe,” said Dr. Marian Ruderman, Senior Fellow at CCL and convener of the SAC.

The expert members of the CCL SAC are:

Dr. Michele Gelfand: A Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture–as well as its multilevel consequences for human groups. Her work has been cited over 20,000 times and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston GlobeNational Public RadioVoice of AmericaFox NewsNBC NewsABC NewsThe EconomistDe Standard, among other outlets.

She has received over 13 million dollars in research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the FBI.  Author of the best-selling book Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World (Scribner, 2018), she has received several awards, such as the 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Diener Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Annaliese Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Dr. Charles Heckscher: A Distinguished Professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, and the Director of the university’s Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society. His research focuses on organizational change and its consequences for employees and unions, on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work, and on the challenge of rebuilding trust in societal institutions.

Heckscher’s books explore the future of the labor movement (The New Unionism), the changing approaches of corporate management (The Post-Bureaucratic Organization, The Firm as a Collaborative Community), the effects of downsizing and restructuring on employee loyalty (White-Collar Blues), the process of improving stakeholder relations (Agents of Change), and the decline and potential revival of societal trust (Trust in a Complex World). He is the winner of the 2016 George R. Terry Book Award, Academy of Management, for Trust in a Complex World: awarded for “the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the global advancement of management knowledge during the last two years.”

Dr. Marianne Schmid Mast: A Full Professor of Organizational Behavior at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. Her research focuses on social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, power hierarchies, the formation of impressions of others, and the influence of physician communication on patient outcomes. She uses immersive virtual environment technology to investigate interpersonal behavior and communication as well as computer-based automatic sensing to analyze nonverbal behavior. An author and editor of several books, she currently is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.

Dr. Marianne Schmid Mast is a former member of the board of the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research and was president of the Swiss Psychological Association. She is a “Fellow” of the Association of Social Psychology and Personality (SPSP) and a “Fellow” of the American Association of Psychology (APA), Division 8, in honor of her extraordinary, distinctive, and continuous contributions to the science of social and personality psychology. In 2018, she was named one of the 50 most influential psychologists in the world.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
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