• Leadership Hacks, Season 2, Episode 6

    Kathryn with Kirsten Moss, Director of Admissions at Stanford’s graduate school of business and who is completing her doctoral degree in Leadership Psychology from William James this month.

  • Leadership Hacks Podcast S2E4: Knowing the Lanes and Staying in Them

    Kathryn with Margaret Hannah, Executive Director of the Freedmen Center, Executive Coach and Professor discussing why the most important job you have as a leader is to know how to navigate several lanes of action that exist in the organization.

  • Leadership Hacks, Season 2 Episode 2 Lisa Wyatt

    Dr. Kathryn Stanley sits with Dr. Lisa Wyatt.

  • Leadership Hacks, Season 2, Episode 1: Anxiety as an organizing principle and why leaders should care

    Kathryn with Ara Haroutiounian on how emotional life of the organization represents systemic and repeated patterns.

  • Leadership Hacks Podcast Episode Two Maria Katsarou

    Dr. Stanley with 4th year Leadership Psychology doctoral student Maria Katsarou discussing her research on testing oxytocin Levels in a Leadership Team through Structural Dynamics.

  • Leadership Hacks Podcast 1 Miranda Ralston

    Kathryn with Leadership Psychology Student Miranda Ralston discussing her research on Resonant Leadership & Psychological Safety.

  • Leadership Hacks Podcast Series: Miranda Testing

    Leadership Psychology Student Miranda Ralston conducting an experiment using Cognision’s qEEG headset to test for resonant leadership and psychological safety on teams.

Leadership Hacks Podcast Series

Podcast Series

Welcome to our podcast, Leadership Hacks.  The host of our podcast is our Chair of the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department, Dr. Kathryn Stanley.

Our Podcast Series for the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department, Leadership Hacks, airs once a month to examine timely topics and current events through the lens of organizational and leadership psychology.

By sharing the psychology that influences individuals, teams, and whole systems we endeavor to help you shift your thinking and see the world in a new way. With this new perspective, you can discover innovative approaches to solving the complex problems all business professionals face.


Season 2, Episode 7: What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know 

John D’Auria is the President of Teachers 21, a nonprofit professional development organization that supports educators so that they can better serve the needs of all students. His career has spanned four decades starting as a math teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent. Dr. D’Auria has worked with hundreds of school leaders around sharpening the academic focus of school teams, developing a vibrant school culture, and managing conflict in the workplace. 

Dr. D’Auria’s research focuses on the ways in which the assumptions that people hold about intelligence significantly influence their learning. This summer he is collaborating with me to do a three day workshop on using leadership and and organizational psychology to develop leaders of school systems. The challenges these leaders and systems face require a new type of leadership and school culture that vastly differs from what has been acceptable for decades. He is here to share his unique perspective with us today.


Season 2, Episode 6: Assessing Transformational Leadership in Executive Hiring

Kirsten Moss is the Director of Admissions at Stanford’s graduate school of business and is completing her doctoral degree in Leadership Psychology from William James this month. Kirsten was Harvard Business School’s Director of Admissions for 10 years and has worked in executive assessment at Egon Zender and she coaches CEOs.

For her doctoral project she conducted a mix methods study to explore transformational leadership qualities of top graduate school candidates through structured interviews. She then compared the qualities found in the interviews to see how they matched up with a popular Transformational Leadership 360 assessment called the The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire or MLQ which had never been vetted in this manner before. The results of her study are compelling!


Season 2, Episode 5: Disruptive Innovations in Higher Education: A look at Match Beyond 

This month Kathryn talks with Dr. Bob Hill, co-founder of Match Beyond (www.matchbeyond.org) , who are on the forefront of leveling out systemic inequities inherent in higher education. Bob works with non-traditional and low Socio economic status students as a coach to help them complete their undergraduate degrees using a competency based experiential learning model.


Season 2, Episode 4: Knowing the Lanes and Staying in Them 

This month, Kathryn sits down with Margaret Hannah, Executive Director of the Freedmen Center, Executive Coach and Professor. Margaret has built two successful startups and has been leading and developing people for over thirty years and discusses why the most important job you have as a leader is to know how to navigate several lanes of action that exist in the organization.


Season 2, Episode 3: Dismissing Ego

This month Kathryn chats with Travis Bickford, our Associate Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at William James College. Travis was an infantry squad leader in Iraq. He also taught seventh grade in Boston and in the Middle East teaching Middle Eastern students. In addition, he was the District Director of Veterans Services in Chicago overseeing 14 staff across 7 Veteran Student Centers. He created the Veteran’s history project—student addition and is also currently pursuing and MFA in creative writing fiction.


Season 2, Episode 2: Leader Temperament and Organizational Culture

This month, Kathryn sits down with Dr. Lisa Wyatt, a recent graduate from our Graduate Certificate of Executive Coaching program, to discuss looking at the temperament of leaders and how that impacts the culture of their organization.


Season 2, Episode 1: Anxiety as an organizing principle and why leaders should care

This month, Kathryn sits down with Professor Ara Haroutiounian who teaches in both our Masters of organizational psychology and leadership psychology doctoral programs. Ara has been consulting to leaders and team and whole systems for over two decades. He specializes in using experiential learning and group relations methodologies to coach leaders and their followers to better understand the cultural and hidden factors influencing their effectiveness. For this episode, he shares the leadership hack about how emotional life of the organization represents systemic and repeated patterns.


Episode 3: Creativity, Work Ethic & the Search for Excellence in Leadership

Kathryn sits down with Dr. Dan Jacobs to discuss Creativity, Work Ethic and the Search for Excellence in Leadership. Dr Jacobs teaches The Psychology of Leadership and Followership in the leadership psychology doctoral program here at William James College as well as being a key note speaker and running a successful organizational consulting practice working with leaders on issues of conflict and creativity.


Episode 2: Increasing Trust and Oxytocin Levels in a Leadership Team through Structural Dynamics

Dr. Kathryn Stanley  sits down with 4th year Leadership Psychology doctoral student Maria Katsarou to discuss her research. Maria conducted an experiment with an executive team testing oxytocin levels before and after conducting a team development intervention using Kantor's model of Structural Dynamics.


Episode 1: Exploring Neurobiological Factors of Psychological Safety on Teams with Miranda Ralston

For the first episode in the series, Kathryn sits down with Leadership PsyD Student Miranda Ralstonn to discuss her research on exploring Neurobiological Factors of Psychological Safety on Teams using Cognision’s qEEG headset to test and how creating safe working environments is a key contributor to worker productivity.

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