Institute for Strategic Leadership

For Academics

Drexel LeBow’s Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) is distinctive among U.S. universities in combining the study of leadership with an examination of collaboration, viewing leadership as a collective, not solely individual, process. ISL takes research a step further and examines how the thought leadership of LeBow faculty can be applied within organizations to change and influence behavior and outcomes.

Leadership is one of the greatest sources of competitive advantage in today’s global economy. Leaders have a substantial impact on a company’s bottom line performance and employees’ engagement and well-being. Cultivating leadership throughout a company is a key for organizational and personal success. Organizations that can maximize the power of teams will succeed in today’s marketplace through stronger employee engagement, creative idea generation, mental models, shared vision, team learning, and greater employee commitment and retention.

Employers are increasingly noting that students enter the workforce with technical skills but not the ability to interact and collaborate with other employees. The research, curriculum and real-world applications facilitated by the center will improve these skills among our graduates.

The Center’s programs also help executives steer their organizations in times of accelerated change and master their own leadership styles.