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Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.



Florida International University
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 410
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Nathan Hiller is Academic Director of the Center for Leadership and an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Leadership and Management at FIU.

As an academic, Dr. Hiller's focus is on understanding the strategic implications of executive personality, as well as enhancing the way that organizations build their leadership pipeline. Nathan’s research has appeared in most of the top journals in the field of management, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and The Leadership Quarterly. He holds editorial board positions at several journals and is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards.

As a consultant, Nathan has led projects and consulted with organizations such as: Boston Scientific, Hewlett Packard (HP), the US Secret Service, Bacardi USA, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In his role at the Center for Leadership, Nathan oversees the academic content of all leadership programs, and is the Faculty Director of The Senior Executive Leaders Program, The High-Impact Leadership Program, and an internal FIU program geared for senior leaders of the university. He is the primary author of The Center’s Leadership Competency Builder, which forms the backbone of all Center programming.

Nathan has held visiting faculty appointments at Cornell University and the University of Washington, and has taught a graduate leadership course at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. Nathan loves to travel and draws regularly from his experience living in four countries on three continents in ten cities. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Watch Nathan’s keynote address during the’s 2017 LEAD conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Recent Research

He, W., Hao, P., Huang, X., Long, L. R., Hiller, N. J., & Li, S. L. (in press). Different roles of shared and vertical leadership in promoting team creativity: Cultivating and synthesizing team members’ individual creativity. Personnel Psychology.

Hiller, N. J., Sin, H. P., Ponnapalli, A. R., & Ozgen, S. (2019). Benevolence and authority as WEIRDly unfamiliar: A multi-language meta-analysis of paternalistic leadership behaviors from 152 studies. The Leadership Quarterly, 30, 165-185.

Hiller, N., & Peterson, S. (2019). Assessment and development first requires a deeper understanding of unique categories of senior leaders: A focus on CEOs and C-level executives. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 12, 211-214.

Maidique, M. A., & Hiller, N. J. (2018). The Mindsets of A Leader. MIT Sloan Management Review, 59(4), 76-81.