The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are pleased to partner to sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center.

The winner of this year's award will receive:


2017 Kenneth E. Clark Award Winner

Aleka MacLellanCongratulations to Aleka MacLellan, Talent & Leadership Development Consultant, LHH Knightsbridge and winner of the 2017 Kenneth E. Clark Award Winner The Role of Leaders in Motivating Their Subordinates at Work.

Abstract: Vast research supports the beneficial effects of transformational leadership on leaders and subordinates; however, the role of leaders' own motivation has often been ignored. This research examined whether leaders' motivation and/or their leadership styles have an effect on subordinate motivation. Study 1 used a longitudinal design to demonstrate a) leader motivation predicted leadership style; b) leadership style impacted the quantity, but not the quality, of subordinate motivation; and c) leader motivation predicted subordinate motivation. Study 2 used a longitudinal control group design to evaluate a leadership development intervention, resulting in increased a) autonomous motivation, b) meaningful work, and c) autonomy-supportive leadership. Read More