Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD)

iLEAD completes world-class research employers can use today.

The Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD) partners with businesses to conduct applied research yielding actionable results for solving people-related workplace challenges. Client projects provide a comprehensive, detailed analysis and evidence-based recommendations to address challenges and effect workplace change.

iLEAD Co-Directors

Sandy J. Wayne

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Faculty Director for Business Scholars, and Co-Director of the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD)

iLEAD: Conducting research to advance business outcomes and scientific knowledge on effective management processes

iLEAD partners with businesses to conduct custom-designed research to address key employment and leadership issues. Our research is rigorously designed and analyzed to make a scientific contribution to the field of management studies. Projects are conducted by a team of professors, doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students with expertise in the area.

Enhancing Workplace Success From Multiple Vantage Points

  • Employment selection and onboarding
  • Servant leadership
  • Engagement and retention
  • Career experiences and outcomes
  • Balancing work and family

Past Events

Visiting Academic Scholar Dr. Ray Sparrowe

Ray Sparrowe (PhD, University of Illinois Chicago) is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research areas include leadership, social networks, and team processes. He spoke to iLEAD faculty and students about his recent research and career issues.

Professor Gordon Cheung

Professor Gordon Cheung, Deptartment of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, presented a seminar on “Mediation Analysis in Marketing and Business Research: Theory Development and Analytical Methods.”

C-Suite Executive Selection and Development

Dr. Jennifer Weiss, Executive Consultant at HR Alignment, Ltd. spoke with us about C-suite executive selection and development. She also presented at Professor Sandy Wayne’s “Intro to HR” course as well as Professor Jenny Hoobler’s MBA course.

Science for a Smarter Workplace

Students and faculty were invited to learn from three top industrial-organizational psychologists who delivered insights that drive business results with a focus on tackling strategic human resource issues. Dr. Allan Church from PepsiCo, Dr. Michelle Donovan from Google, and Dr. Alexis Fink from Intel showcased how the science of I/O at three large, global organizations can create positive impact for organizations and their people at all levels.

Dr. Church showcased PepsiCo’s LeAD, the integrated multi-tier “Leadership Assessment and Development” process they use to identify, confirm, and develop talent. Dr. Donovan shared information on Google’s “Project Oxygen” that introduces managers to performance expectations, a vocabulary for discussing management challenges, and a framework for manager development. Dr. Fink explained “Career Models,” an integrated talent management system at Intel for selection, performance appraisal, and learning and development.

Robert Cooke, CEO Human Synergistics

Dr. Robert Cooke, CEO of Human Synergistics presented the LSI Feedback Tool and discussed how companies use this model for employee development.

Managerial Consulting Project Final Presentation

Dr. Don Kluemper and his MGMT 595 students presented their findings on a new performance management system for Cook County salaried employees.

Completed and Ongoing Research