Leadership Research Methods

Leadership researchers use different methods to engage with leaders who are both consumers of leadership research and a key source of new knowledge. Beyond facilitating a more equal exchange between practitioners and researchers, collaborative learning approaches enable participants to gain new insights into their own leadership practices and better inform the broader field of public service.

We use:

  • Mixed Methods: Leadership is a complex phenomenon, comprising multiple dimensions and both individual and collective elements. We design research projects that account for this complexity by using a wide range of methods from qualitative narrative inquiry to surveys and quantitative studies. 

  • Action-based Research: An action learning approach allows public service leaders to engage with their peers to inquire systematically on questions that emerge from their work. This collaborative learning environment exposes leaders to relevant research while they contribute to the development of new theory.