Kristin has deep expertise designing and implementing applied research and working with organizations to address challenges collaborating across silos and geographies, accelerating change, leading in turbulent environments, and spurring innovation. Prior to joining CCL in 2011, Kristin was responsible for the implementation of grant-funded research by the Material Handling Industry of America and the National Science Foundation. Kristin has taught courses at Auburn University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro in industrial/organizational psychology, general psychology, and organizational behavior.
Kristin’s research is found in leading academic journals, including The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. Kristin has also written numerous book chapters and whitepapers for practicing leaders. Her research has focused on topics including collective leadership, networks, leader integrity, work-family conflict, employee popularity, social support, personality measurement, and pedagogy. Recently, Kristin served as the Guest Editor for a special issue of The Leadership Quarterly on Collective and Network Approaches to Leadership.
Kristin leads CCL’s R&D work in the area of networks and leadership. This research examines relational theories of leadership, leaders’ professional networks, and the role of networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and change implementation. Kristin was awarded the Alfred J. Marrow New Directions in Leadership research grant to examine the impact of agile work practices on the development of team networks and a research award from the Academy of Management Organizational Change and Development division to develop a measure of cumulative workplace change. Kristin has shared insights from her work at CCL with a number of organizations including Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Ketchum, W.L. Gore, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Conference Board.
Areas of Expertise
Social and Organizational Networks, Collective and Relational Leadership, Organizational Change, Political Skill and Interpersonal Influence, Integrity
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Auburn University; M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Auburn; B.S. (Honors) in Psychology and Commerce from the University of Toronto
Kristin is an Editorial Board Member of The Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. She is an active member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology and the Academy of Management.
Select CCL Publications
- Analytics for Change: How Networks and Data Science Will Revolutionize Organizational Change
- Motivating Your Managers: What’s the Right Strategy?
- Change Comes at a Cumulative Cost. Make it Worth the Investment!
- Navigating Innovation Roadblocks: Key Differences Between Innovation and Non-innovative Organizations
- Networks: How Collective Leadership Really Works
Kristin has published more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters as well as numerous articles and whitepapers for practicing leaders. Her research examines relational theories of leadership, leaders’ professional networks, and the role of networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and implementing change. Kristin recently served as the Guest Editor for a special issue of The Leadership Quarterly on Collective and Network Approaches to Leadership and serves on the editorial boards of the Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. As a senior research scientist, Kristin leading CCL’s R&D efforts to integrate networks into leadership and organizational development.
Select External Publications
- Cullen-Lester, K. L., Maupin, C., & Carter, D. (In press). Integrating networks into leadership development: A conceptual model and evaluation of research and practice. Forthcoming in the Annual Review Issue of The Leadership Quarterly.
- Leading When There is too Much Change.
- Energy’s Role in the Extraversion (Dis)advantage: How Energy Ties and Rask Conflict Help Clarify the Relationship between Extraversion and Proactive Performance.
- Network-Based Leadership Development: A Guiding Framework and Resources for Management Educators
- Thriving in Central Network Positions: The Role of Political Skill.
Honors, Awards, Grants
- Alfred J. Marrow New Directions in Leadership Fund, 2012. $20,000, Principal Investigator. Agile Development Practices in Team Networks.
- Organizational Change and Development Research Award from OCD division of Academy of Management, 2012. $3000, Principal Investigator [with Bryan D. Edwards]. Measuring Cumulative Experiences of Change: Development of the Workplace Events Scale.