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Assistant Professor of Management
School of Business Administration
University of Mississippi

Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester aims to improve leadership effectiveness by advancing the assessment and development of leaders and leadership systems. Her research focuses on relational aspects of leadership, including leaders' social networks and the role of organizational networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and strategic, large-scale change. Dr. Cullen-Lester holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Auburn University. Prior to joining the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi, she was a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a  top global provider of executive education, where she led the center's R&D efforts integrating networks into leadership development and on the faculty of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Dr. Cullen-Lester serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business and Psychology.

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