MLI, a global leadership education and research institute, aiming to help make leadership the best that it can be in our lifetime.

An ongoing effort at the institute is the exploration and study of leadership failure. As observed throughout the world, leadership as it is commonly understood, experiences degradation, harm, and failure with increasing risks to people. Importantly, the same contributes to the loss of blood, treasure, and the right living of people globally. Billions of dollars spent on management and leadership interventions in America, of the tens of billions spent globally. However, leadership failures are many and far reaching. COVID-19 as a pandemic appears to be a recent example far-reaching implications. While spending and development increase, confidence in leadership decreased (Bersin, 2015; Bolden, 2004; Friefeld, 2015; Pfeffer, 2015; Nance, 2019; Schwartz, 2016).

There was a recent completion of an exploratory sequential mixed-methods study. As a result, after nearly three years, the work yielded leadership’s grand theory. When we use the term grand theory, it is considering theories such as Newton’s laws and Einstein’s theory of general relativity (GR). The field has mid-range and local theories on approaches to leadership. There is a co-opting of social learning theories to help explain the phenomena (Dubin, 1978; Swanson & Chermack, 2013). From the Kellogg Leadership Studies Project (KLSP), a 4-year initiative, to the convening of over 20 scholars over the years, there was a quest for a general theory that would encompass all of leadership (Sorenson, Goethals, and Haber, 2011). The group led by James MacGregor Burns, a leadership scholar, presidential biographer, and Pulitzer Prize winner, contributed much, but the group admittedly did not attain that goal. We are eager to release more findings. 

Mission

To help make leadership the best that it can be in our lifetime.

Strategy

  • Conduct the most rigorous, valid, credible, trustworthy, and quality research possible using the best possible methods.
  • Commence activities which demonstrate the best leadership practice for human progress and right living of people with collaborators and communities.
  • Create the best development methods for leaders globally.
  • Continue to inspire and influence the best evidence-based leadership practice globally.
  • Contribute a definition that can define leadership in any context, grounded in its grand theory.
  • Communicate leadership’s grand theory (LGT) and MLI’s insight to a global community to form the basis of leadership innovation around the world.

Aiming to help make leadership the best that it can be in our lifetime

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