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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 J. Hiller, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Ingersoll-Rand Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management in the College of Business at Florida International University. He is passionate about the connection between the science of leadership and the practice of helping leaders and organizations make small adjustments to maximize leadership capacity.

As an academic, Dr. Hiller's focus is on investigating how senior organizational leaders and leadership teams can operate more effectively, finding ways to enhance how leadership scholars investigate and understand leadership, and understanding the ins and outs of collective forms of leadership. Nathan’s research publications have appeared in most of the top competitive journals in the field and his work has been cited more than 3000 times by other scholars. He holds or has held editorial board positions at the Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, and the Journal of Leadership and  Organizational Studies. He is the recipient of 8 teaching awards and has received several international research awards.

In his role at the Center for Leadership at FIU, Nathan oversees all executive leadership development programs and is the Faculty lead for The Senior  Executive  Leaders  Program,  The  High  Impact  Leadership Program, The Leadership Accelerator Program, and an internal  FIU  program geared for senior leaders (deans, vice presidents) of the university.  As a  leadership development practitioner,  Nathan has led projects, held grants, and consulted with senior executive teams and leaders from organizations including: Boston Scientific, Hewlett Packard (HP), the US Secret Service, Bacardi USA, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nathan has held visiting faculty appointments at  Cornell  University and the University of Washington (Seattle), and 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 undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

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

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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.