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Using the Cognitive Leadership Model to Facilitate Leadership Development in Culturally Diverse Environments Cognitive Thinking

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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 09:00 - 16:00 | FULL DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 2E
Ticket Price: ILA members - $95 | non-members - $126
Thank you to Indiana Tech – Ph.D. Program in Global Leadership for being a Bronze Sponsor & Sponsoring this event!


One of the significant challenges associated with teaching leadership in international settings is that so much of the current and historical published leadership models are grounded in western cultural traditions. A second challenge comes from the fact that most leadership theories are prescriptive and normative in nature as opposed to being descriptive (Mendenhall, 2013). Thus much of leadership theory is sadly ethnocentric in nature.

To this end, the presenter developed the cognitive leadership process model to facilitate leadership development work in a variety of cultural contexts. This model is based on how the human brain functions at its most basic level in leadership situations across cultures. In this workshop, we will explore the principles associated with this model in terms of their underlying cognitive functions and their application in cultural contexts. This will be accomplished through a blend of presentation, experiential activities, and rich dialogic discussion.

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  Who Should Attend?

Individuals who are interested in international and cross-cultural leadership education and development work

What Will Attendees Gain?

The anticipated outcomes are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive leadership processes cognitive functions and leadership principles
  • Engage in dialogue regarding different approaches to leadership across cultural contexts
  • Participate in activities that explore understanding of the principles of leadership
  • Identify how to incorporate the model into their own leadership development work

Track: Leadership Development

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Jeffrey L. McClellan
Jeffrey L. McClellan
Frostburg State University


Jeffrey McClellan is an Associate Professor of Management at Frostburg State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in 2008. He is an experienced consultant, teacher, trainer, and speaker. Jeff has conducted 75+ academic and professional conference presentations, given, facilitated or performed 125+ professional presentations, speeches, training sessions, and consultations for numerous businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities, and published 50+ peer reviewed articles, book reviews, & book chapters on leadership, administration, and advising. Most of Jeff's work focuses on servant leadership, leadership development, and leadership in Latin America. Jeffrey lives in Cumberland, MD.



Whitney McIntyre Miller is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Chapman University. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and centers her research around peace leadership and issues of community development and leadership, with a particular focus on postconflict societies. Whitney has researched and worked in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has also lived in Russia. She has traveled to over 40 countries for work, study, and leisure. She has also worked in the areas of international development, refugee return and resettlement, nonviolence, elections monitoring, and community development. Whitney has served for the past several years as the co-convener of the International Leadership Association's Peace Leadership Affinity Group.



Paul Kosempel is currently Teaching Associate Professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Paul joined the faculty in 2007, and soon after received his PhD in interpersonal communication from DU. His professional experience includes over twenty years in higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, and operations management. He is co-convener of ILA's Sustainability Leadership Learning Community. His research interests include leadership and sustainability, assessment of leadership learning outcomes, and mentoring and leadership. He is also part-owner of the Green Bay Packers Football Team.



Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its Head of Mission for Southeast Europe since 1995. He developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a participatory course in communication, psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights for people without previous education in these fields. He has given therapy and supervision to victims of war. Previously, Tauber worked with various groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers. He grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.