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"Our mission is to help people realize and reach for their dreams. That is, to help people in organisations lead more caring and fulfilling lives; lives that foster personal and social development, and enhance the sustainability of human organizations. In our group we first dream, then we do; we love our topic and our work. There are no divas here, only people who know that trying to do their best requires others' contribution. If you need a hand, remember we have two. We know we have our dreams, but once awake we have a choice of different lens through which we can look to better comprehend the complexity or our world.”
Joan Manuel Batista-Foguet, Ph.D., Director of the Leadership Development Research Centre

Our mission and research agenda is centered on a belief that leadership is most effective when leaders:
  • Exhibit a sense of self awareness and a desire to learn and grow. Develop resonant relationships that inspire others to learn and grow.
  • Create a sense of well-being and trust around them.
  • Activate human potential by focusing on the strengths, dreams, and unique capabilities of others.

We seek to unlock the mysteries of leadership and leadership development through research on:
  • The role that emotional and social intelligence competencies (ESCs) play in effective leadership
  • The process by which leaders leverage and develop ESCs based on Intentional Change Theory.
  • ESCs of effective entrepreneurs and how best to identify and develop entrepreneurs.
  • How best to measure leadership capabilities using surveys, simulations, and assessment centre-based methodologies.

GLEAD actively collaborates with faculty and universities around the world including, Case Western Reserve University, University of New Hampshire, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and ESMT European School of Management and Technology. The GLEAD also works closely with the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and has more active members of the Consortium than any other research group in the world, making it an ideal choice for students interested in conducting research on emotional intelligence.
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