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The Center conducts interdisciplinary research on various aspects of leadership in different types of organizations, including business, politics, community, culture, education and local government. Additionally, the Center brings together scientists and students from Poland and other countries to research key areas, such as: leadership in innovation, leadership in local government, political leadership and spirituality of leadership.

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Our Mission

We usually learn about the essence of leadership, in business and in other organizations, from the stories told by the leaders themselves or the stories of their followers who talk about their key experiences and thoughts. Robert Hogan calls both these groups the troubadours who often claim that they have discovered the ultimate or a universal path to successful leadership. Increasingly, leadership is becoming a focus of scientific research. However, scientists do not understand the specifics of organizations, which leads to conclusions that are often detached from reality.

A true alliance of research centers and organizations – business and otherwise – is required in Central and Eastern European countries and beyond, to test the existing and to create new leadership models, to explain how these models function and to foster relevant evidence-based education.

Managerial education, in particular, is dominated by the British and American leadership models. They are treated as if they could be successfully applied all over the world. However, they frequently do not take into consideration the specific culture of a given community. Local perspectives in understanding and teaching of leadership are rarely promoted.

Scope of Activity

The Center for Research on Leadership has been created to meet the above-noted needs by conducting interdisciplinary research on various aspects of leadership in all kinds of organizaitons, including business, politics, community, culture, education and local government. The main areas of interest include:

  • the analysis of global leadership models in local conditions (understood as national and organizational cultures)
  • the analysis and assessment of potentially broader application and promotion of locally developed leadership models
  • the assessment of scientific maturity of the existing leadership models.

Moreover, the Center brings together scientists and students from Poland and other countries to research key areas, such as: leadership in innovation, leadership in local government, political leadership and spirituality of leadership. 

Other important goals of the Center include: organization of seminars and academic conferences, provision of expert analyzes for external organizations, development of tools for the diagnoses and measurement  of leadership effectivness, publication of research results, compilation of scientific databases, building relationships and networking in the research and academic community interested in the study of leadership.

The Team and Regular Contributors

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Associate Professor

Olaf Żylicz

Psychologist, Director of the International Center for Research on Leadership

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Associate Professor

Mikołaj Cześnik

Sociologist, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences
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Włodzimierz Świątek, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Secretary of the Scientific Council of the International Center for Research on Leadership
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Program and Research Teams

The research conducted by the Center will focus on various aspects, issues and dimensions of leadership, including the following key research topics, which will be studied in several research teams:

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP RESEARCH TEAM

  • Head: Associate Professor Mikołaj Cześnik

SPIRITUALITY AND LEADERSHIP RESEARCH TEM

  • Heads: Associate Professor Olaf Żylicz and Vartika Dutta Ph.D. (GIM, Goa India)

PEOPLE ANALYTICS RESEARCH TEAM

  • Heads: Marta Żerkowska-Balas Ph.D. (SWPS University) and Barbara Zych Ph.D. (Employer Branding Institute)

LEADERSHIP IN INNOVATION RESEARCH TEAM

  • Head: Agnieszka Nieznańska (SWPS University)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP RESEARCH TEAM

  • Heads: Karol Olejniczak Ph.D. (SWPS University) and Associate Professor Stanisław Mazur (Cracow University of Economics)

LEADRESHIP IN THE 'FIRMA IDEA' MODEL RESEARCH TEAM

  • Heads: Bartłomiej Biga Ph.D. (Cracow University of Economics) and Associate Professor Olaf Żylicz (SWPS University)

LEADERSHIP IN 'ACTS OF LEADERSHIP' MODEL RESEARCH TEAM

  • Heads: prof. Richard Little (Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria, UK) and Włodzimierz Świątek Ph.D. (SWPS University)

Scientific Council

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Professor

Richard Little

Leadership specialist, University of Cumbria, UK.
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Professor

Janusz T. Hryniewicz

Sociologist, University of Warsaw. Research interests: management and leadership, sociology of economy, multiculturalism and human rights
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Associate Professor

Bohdan Szklarski

Political scientist and cultural expert, University of Warsaw. Research interests: political leadership, democracy and political culture
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Associate Professor

Mikołaj Cześnik

Sociologist and political scientist. Research interests: social opinion, political choices and the analysis of political systems, in particular democracy
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Associate Professor

Olaf Żylicz

Psychologist. Research interests: leadership skills, personal and potential development of leaders and the evaluation of scientific maturity of leadership models

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Aleksandra Cisłak,  Ph.D.

Psychologist, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Research interests: social hierarchy, perception and resolution of political conflicts and psychology of power
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Marta Żerkowska-Balas,  Ph.D.

Sociologist, political scientist, SWPS University. Research interests: electoral behavior, political leadership, the practice and theory of democracy
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Krzysztof Kasianiuk,  Ph.D.

Political scientist, Institute of Public Policy Collegium Civitas. Research interests: interdisciplinary studies and system-cybernetics
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Włodzimierz Świątek,  Ph.D.

Psychologist. Research interests: leadership behaviors and processes, (using the Leadership in Action model)
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Location

SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31
03-815 Warsaw
room N232 (II floor)

Contact

International Center for Research on Leadership
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
e-mail: icrl@swps.edu.pl

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