Leader competencies and character: A novel approach to leader development

Historically, executive coaching programs have focused on developing a leader’s competencies. More recently, the character of leaders has received increased attention in the media and in research literature. This can be attributed to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, which shined a spotlight on unethical decision-making by leaders in organizations. As a result, there is a growing interest in understanding leadership character. The goal of this internship is to create an evidence-based executive coaching program for developing a leader’s character. Using archival data measuring leaders’ character, competencies, and effectiveness, the intern will investigate the interrelations between the three constructs and use the results to develop a series of leadership character coaching modules.

Faculty Supervisor:

Natalie Allen


Hayden Woodley


Research Psychologists Press Inc.




Management of companies and enterprises


Western University



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