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The mission to Mars – and other ‘Pathways to Leadership’

What do the Mars mission, personal authenticity, and positive relationships have in common? Each may reveal proven and uncharted “Pathways to Leadership.” The three will be explored as The Leadership Research Colloquium reveals the latest research and showcases new insights for effective organizational leadership. The Colloquium, presented by the Center for Leadership at Florida International University, will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:30pm (doors open at 1:30pm) at the College of Business’s Special Events Center.

“The science of leadership explores many elements we know, and many we didn’t know. Some are obvious, and some are, contrary to what some might believe, not common sense,” says Dr. Nathan J. Hiller, academic director for the Center for Leadership and Colloquium moderator.

“The best leaders blend the ‘art’ of leadership with the science of leadership and are constantly leveraging new skills and knowledge to get ahead.”


Three outstanding professors from around the country will present their research.

Lineup for Colloquium

  • Brooke Buckman, assistant professor in the Department of Management and International Business at Florida International University, will discuss when being “authentic” may be a bad idea – and when it may be beneficial.
  • Dorothy Carter, assistant professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology with the University of Georgia and recipient of the Center for Leadership's 2017 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award, will draw from her research tied to NASA’s Mars mission, exploring when and why leadership and team collaboration may become an interconnected network of influence.
  • Jeffrey Lovelace, assistant professor of Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, will discuss the different pathways one can take in order to be an effective leader and how variables like celebrity, status, and reputation influence behaviors and performance in dynamic environments.

Audience Q&A will follow the presentations

“Whether you’re an observer of leadership, someone who is hoping to test the waters of managing and leading, or you have experience in leading, you are likely to get something out of this colloquium,” says Dr. Hiller. “Researchers and scholars will get a chance to hear about some of the latest research and research methods and techniques.”

The Leadership Research Colloquium provides a forum for leading experts and faculty to present developing, extant and cutting edge new research as it affects leadership in organizations and in our communities. Each year, the Colloquium also features the work of the recipient of The Center’s prestigious Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award and hosts faculty members from other universities.


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