Chuck Palus


Charles J. (Chuck) Palus, PhD, is a Senior Fellow in Strategic Research at the Center for Creative Leadership. He studies, teaches, and develops leadership as a relational process in the context of the vertical transformation of leadership cultures, with a special interest in digital disruption.

He is co-founder of CCL Labs, a community-based innovation laboratory with a line of products including Visual Explorer, Leadership Metaphor Explorer, Leadership Essentials, Transformations, the Early Leadership Toolkit, and the Leadership Culture Tool Box. He is a designer and facilitator in the CCL Organizational Leadership Practice and is one of its co-founders.

He has co-designed development experiences including: Leading Creatively, EdgeWork, Facing and Solving Complex Challenges, Transforming Your Organization, Boundary Spanning Leadership, and Leadership for Societal Impact. He is a passionate contributor to the CCL Societal Impact agenda and has worked extensively in Africa.

He is co-author of the award-winning book The Leader’s Edge; and the papers: Making Common Sense: Leadership as Meaning-Making in a Community of Practice, and Evolving Leaders. His work appears in Leadership Quarterly, Integral Review, Harvard Business Review, the Harvard Business School Handbook for Teaching Leadership, the CCL Handbook of Leadership Development, the CCL Handbook of Coaching,  the Handbook of Action Research, and the Change Handbook.

Prior to coming to the Center for Creative Leadership, Chuck was an R&D engineer in polymer products with E.I DuPont de Nemours; a water purification engineer with Vaponics; an instructor and designer with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School; and taught social psychology and statistics at Boston College.

Current Role

Chuck is a designer and facilitator in the CCL Organizational Leadership Practice and is one of its co-founders. He is also a partner in CCL Labs.

Areas of Expertise

Relational Leadership, Transformation of Leadership Cultures, Leadership Strategy, Vertical Development, Societal Impact

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College
B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University

Professional Affiliations

Chuck is a founding member of the Co-Lead Network at New York University, and a Founding Fellow of Action Inquiry Associates.

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Curriculum Vitae

See Chuck’s Curriculum Vitae

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Honors, Awards, Grants

  • Senior Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership,
  • Founding Fellow, Action Inquiry Associates (with Bill Torbert),
  • Invited Scholar, Harvard Business School, Seminar on Teaching Leadership, 2008-2011.
  • Invited Scholar, Columbia University, Teacher’s College Thought Leader Co-Inquiry, 2009-
  • Senior Advisor, New York University, The Wagner School, (Collective Leadership Network 2014-present) (Research Center for Leadership in Action 2008-2014) (Leadership for a Changing World 2001-2008).

Current Projects

Leadership for Digital Transformations

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