The Warren Bennis Leadership Institute offers opportunities for UC scholars to conduct interdisciplinary research to examine and improve leadership development processes and outcomes.

Program Evaluation

To ensure the programs offered by the Warren Bennis Leadership Institute provide value to those participating, we conduct ongoing research to examine the outcomes and impact of our development opportunities on students and organizational leaders. We gather both quantitative and qualitative data examining changes in participant definitions of leadership, leader self-efficacy, leader identity and other related constructs.  

Research Partnerships

The Warren Bennis Leadership Institute is always interested in partnering with organizations and teams seeking to address their own research questions or evaluate leadership development within their organization.

If you have a research project in mind or have a question you would like to answer through data collection, please reach out to us so that we can put you in touch with leadership experts and scholars at UC who will be able to assist you in this work.  

Women’s Empowerment Study

The Women’s Empowerment Study will examine changes in women’s empowerment over time as a result of participation in a four-month cohort program. Participants receive leadership development training, peer coaching, mentorship and engage in a service project. The study will involve a sample of 100 women from ages 18-25 across four countries, and pilot at UC in spring 2024.

Content includes the following:

  • Pre-assessment 
  • Three-day retreat
  • Coaching sessions
  • Group work
  • Post-assessment

Select Scholarly Publications


Ernst, C. & Chrobot-Mason, D. (2010).  Boundary spanning leadership: Six practices for solving problems, driving innovation, and transforming organizations. McGraw-Hill Professional.   

Articles and Book Chapters

Chrobot-Mason, D., & Roberson, Q. (2022).  Inclusive leadership. In P. G. Northouse’s Leadership Theory & Practice, 9th edition, (pp. 322-351). Los Angeles: Sage. 

Carter, D., Cullen-Lester, K., Jones, J., Gerbasi, A., Chrobot-Mason, D., & Nae, E. Y. (2020). Functional Leadership in Interteam Contexts: Understanding ‘What’ in the Context of Why? Where? When? and Who? The Leadership Quarterly, 31(1), 101378.

Chrobot-Mason, D., Hoobler, J., & Burno, J. (2018). Lean in versus the literature: An evidence-based examination. Academy of Management Perspectives, doi:10.5465/amp.2016.0156 

Cullen, K. L., Gerbasi, A., & Chrobot-Mason, D. (2018). Thriving in central network positions: The role of political skill. Journal of Management, 44(2), 682-706. doi:10.1177/0149206315571154

Chrobot-Mason, D, Gerbasi, A., & Cullen, K. (2016). Predicting Leadership Relationships: The Importance of Collective Identity. Leadership Quarterly, 27, 298-311. 

Chrobot-Mason, D., & Aramovich, N. (2013). The Psychological Benefits of Creating an Affirming Climate for Workplace Diversity. Group and Organization Management, 38(6), 659–689.


Smith, W.K., & Lewis, M.W. (2022). Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems. Harvard Business School Publishing.  

Smith, W.K., Lewis, M.W., Jarzabkowski, P., & Langley A. (2017). Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox. Oxford University Press: Oxford.


Sparr, J.L., Miron-Spektor, E., Lewis, M.W., & Smith, W.K. (2022). From a label to a meta-theory of paradox: If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. Academy of Management Collections. 1/2: 16-24.

Miron-Spektor, E., Ingram, A., Keller, J., Smith, W.K., & Lewis, M.W. (2017). Microfoundations of organizational paradox: The problem is how we think about the problem. Academy of Management Journal

Smith, W.K., Lewis, M.W., & Tushman, M.L. (2016). Both/and leadership. Harvard Business Review. 94(5): 62–70.

Lewis, M.W., Andriopoulos, C., & Smith, W. (2014). Paradoxical leadership to enable strategic agility. California Management Review, Spring, 56/3. 

Smith, W. & Lewis, M.W. (2012). Leadership skills for managing paradoxes. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 5/2: 227-231.


Myers, B. 2011. Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. Threshold Editions.