The Research Center for Leadership in Action explores and broadly shares new knowledge and ideas about public service leadership. Below are updates about our latest research and programs. We invite practitioners, researchers, scholars, students, and the public to participate in our full slate of convenings, inquiries, panels, dialogues, seminars, and other learning opportunities. Visit the calendar for a list of recent and upcoming events.
RCLA celebrates our 10th anniversary this year! We are gratified to see a greater emphasis on the collective, not just individual, dimensions of leadership in academia, public service organizations and societal discourse more broadly. At the same time, what it means to actually embrace and enact collective leadership is still nebulous – which suggests we still have much work to do.
As part of this effort, RCLA has clarified its purpose. Going forward, RCLA’s goal will be to “build leadership that makes democracy work.” By
New Initiative on Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy in the Public Square
Honored with a Ford Foundation Freedom of Expression grant, RCLA has launched the Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy in the Public Square: Advancing the Positive Role of Faith Leaders in America project.
Led by RCLA Professor David Elcott, the project seeks to heighten the awareness that the language of a "wall" separating church and state does not reflect the historical ways Americans use their faith as citizens. Our hope is to provide framework for illuminating the
One lesser-known element of the Affordable Care Act is its desire to encourage patients to take a greater role in medical decisions – not only their own, but more broadly as well. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funds research designed to identify mechanisms through which patients can take more leadership in this area.
RCLA Faculty Co-Director Erica Gabrielle Foldy is a member of a research team studying an effort to bring together a broad range of medical stakeholders – patients, primary care physicians, specialists and
Enhancing Public Accountability in Latin America through Results-oriented Management
This November, Faculty Co-Director Sonia Ospina presented a paper co-authored with Nuria Cunill on “Enhancing Public Accountability through Results-oriented Public Management in Latin America” at the International Congress of State and Public Administration Reform hosted by the Latin American Center for Development Administration (CLAD - Centro Latinoamericano para la Administración en el Desarrollo) in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The paper focuses on State-driven efforts to make its public sector more accountable. It investigates explicit initiatives to
The People of Color Leadership Network at NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action is now accepting applications for the Fellowship for Social Sector Leadership Diversity.
The fellowship is a 16-month leadership development program designed to build a diverse pipeline of NYU graduate students who are poised to take on leadership positions in direct service, philanthropy, advocacy, public policy and politics, social entrepreneurship and public service management and consulting.
The fellowship aims to :
- nurture diverse
RCLA Announces 2014 Class of Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service
NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action is pleased to announce that 30 accomplished early-career professionals have been selected to participate in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a premier cross-sector leadership program for a diverse group of emerging leaders in New York City.
The fellowship, now in its ninth year, helps recent college graduates reflect on and strengthen their leadership abilities, deepen their understanding of the public
RCLA Faculty Co-Director's Book on Relational Leadership Chosen as Award Finalist
Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Dialogue among Perspectives, edited by Mary Uhl-Bien and RCLA Faculty Co-Director Sonia Ospina, was a finalist for the 2013 Outstanding Leadership Book Award from the University of San Diego’s Department of Leadership Studies.
Leaders and followers live in a relational world – a world in which leadership occurs in complex webs of relationships and dynamically changing contexts. Despite
National Science Foundation Convening on Bringing Research Knowledge to Policy Practice
RCLA Co-Faculty Directors Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Sonia Ospina helped to design and facilitate an innovative gathering funded by the National Science Foundation at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
The workshop, which brought together policy experts, researchers and deans of schools of public affairs, explored the mechanisms and collaborations necessary to translate research into policymaking. The Co-Principal Investigators of the project were LBJ School Professors Angela Evans and Jenny
Funders Can Boost Impact by Investing in Nonprofit Talent: RCLA Fellow Presents New Framework
In his new article, “Talent Philanthropy: Investing in Nonprofit People to Advance Nonprofit Performance,” RCLA Visiting Fellow in Residence Rusty Stahl presents the case for funders to make strategic investments in nonprofit talent programs and systems.
Because people are the most important asset driving performance, innovation and
Leadership is not a neutral category. It is constructed through researcher assumptions, limitations and traditional leadership theories. This notion is at the core of Dr. Michelle Evans’ research on Indigenous arts leadership, which she presented at the Research Center for Leadership in Action in Fall 2013.
Dr. Evans, a Research Fellow at Melbourne Business School and leader of the School's research agenda on Indigenous Business and Leadership development, is