Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD)

World-Class Research for Today's Business World

Since 1991, business leaders in Chicago and beyond have turned to iLEAD to conduct applied research that provides actionable results for solving people-related workplace challenges.

Our client projects provide a comprehensive, detailed analysis on the topic of focus and evidence-based recommendations to address challenges and effect workplace change.

Improving management practice and leadership effectiveness through research, education and training.

As part of Chicago’s world-class public research university, the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) partners with businesses to conduct customized client projects that:

  • Provide a thorough diagnosis of the primary causes of workplace challenges
  • Identify actionable solutions to these challenges
  • Track improvement on key outcomes such as individual, team, and organizational performance

Sample Client Topics

  • Leading individuals and teams
  • Creating a servant leadership culture
  • Achieving high performance through effective leadership
  • Managing work-life stress
  • Exploring the drivers of employee engagement
  • Identifying the predictors of upward mobility of under-represented employees
  • Investigating the role of mentoring in employee development
  • Assessing individual, team, leader, and organization effectiveness

Example iLEAD Clients

  • Allstate Insurance
  • Avasure
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • Caterpillar
  • Jason’s Deli
  • Motorola
  • UPS
  • United States Gypsum (USG)
  • Wheaton Park District

The iLead Process

  1. Discussion of the problem area including causes and consequences
  2. Problem domain and project parameters identified
  3. In-depth analysis of prior research on issue
  4. Research design to impact critical outcomes
  5. Selection of valid and reliable measures
  6. Data collection
  7. Data-appropriate statistical analyses
  8. Evidence-based recommendations
  9. Formal presentation of findings

Average fee for customized iLEAD projects is $9,500

iLEAD helps business leaders discover the information they need to bring value to their companies through improved performance.

The iLEAD research project on servant leadership has provided a remarkable insight into a myriad of opportunities to enhance our greatest asset – our culture. Dr. Sandy Wayne and doctoral student Eric Michel presented a professional interpretation of the data that both educated and inspired our executive team. We are so very grateful for this relationship.

Joe V. Tortorice  |  Founder and Chairman of the Board, Jason’s Deli

Client Projects

iLEAD Research Team

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 in the Classroom

In addition to receiving a research-based business education, UIC Business students take their education one step further, moving past scholastic achievement to what’s needed to lead in business today. iLEAD gives students training in the key competencies that employers seek: written and verbal communication, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, confidence and self-awareness, and relationship building. The professional development program instructors draw from the training modules of improvisational theater—connecting with people in the moment, responding spontaneously, and being ready for anything.

iLEAD Professional Development Program