The Improving Leadership Effectiveness by Assessment and Development (ILEAD) laboratory, supervised by Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester, conducts interdisciplinary research on leadership and leadership development. Our research focuses on relational aspects of leadership, including leaders' social networks and the role of organizational networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and the implementation of strategic and large-scale change. We aim to improve development initiatives focused on enhancing individuals’ and teams' human and social capital and to understand how to enhance the leadership capacity of complex organizational systems by enabling more effective collaborative work practices that promote individual, team, and organizational adaptability, effectiveness, and well-being.
MEET OUR TEAM
Ph.D. student in Management
School of Business Administration, University of Mississippi
MS in HRMD, New York University
My research interests lie in the areas of organizational behavior, HR and organizational networks.
JOIN THE ILEAD LAB
Undergraduate research assistants in the ILEAD lab have opportunities to gain a variety of skills including:
Study Material Preparation
Data Collection and Management
Identification of Challenges Facing Organizational Leaders
Understanding Theoretical Constructs in Management and Organizational Behavior
Translating Research Findings into Practical Insights
Expertise in Teamwork
Professional Presentation Skills
Becoming a research assistant in the ILEAD lab is a selective process. If you are interested in being considered please send your resume or CV to Dr. Cullen-Lester along with an email answering the following questions:
Why are you interested in working for the ILEAD lab?
What are your plans after graduation (it's okay if you aren't exactly sure, please share your current career goals)?
What are your qualifications for working in the ILEAD lab (i.e., what is your GPA? what relevant courses have you taken? what prior research, internship, or work experience do you have? It's okay if you do not have prior experience but please share how you feel you can uniquely contribute to the lab).
The ILEAD lab began at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business. I had the opportunity to work with these aspiring researchers and management professionals.
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Graduate Student Researcher
Ph.D. student in Management & Leadership
Bauer College Business, University of Houston
MA in HRIR, University of Minnesota
I am studying trust/distrust, intergroup relations, and leadership.
Graduate Year: Spring 2021
Minor: Supply Chain
Graduate Year: Spring 2020
Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Graduate Year: Spring 2019
Major: Entrepreneurship & Accounting
Jean and Kosta completed the Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program. Learn more about their projects below.
Graduate Year: Spring 2021
Major: Finance - Global Energy Management
My PURS project examined the connection between the composition and structure of employees' interpersonal network that person's commitment to the firm's organizational strategy.
Graduation Year: Spring 2020
Minor: Leadership Studies
My PURS project examined if certain traits and types of social connections enable middle managers to exert greater influence in their organization.