Texas Tech University

Institute for Leadership Research

Founded in 1988 by James G. (Jerry) Hunt, the Institute for Leadership Research (ILR) supports students and faculty in conducting the highest quality quantitative and qualitative research, both basic and applied, focused on leadership, management, and related issues. High-quality research forms the basis of our education and service objectives.

ILR activities include theory development, laboratory studies, field research, leadership development, community outreach, the pursuit, oversight and completion of funded grants and contracts, and the sponsorship and organization of scholarly conferences focusing on leadership theory and research. Current research includes projects within cutting-edge domains such as authentic leadership theory and development, charismatic and visionary leadership, leader-member exchange, leadership within virtual teams, systems dynamics perspectives on leadership and organizations, and spiritual leadership.


Our mission is supported through interdisciplinary, synergistic partnerships and formal alliances with academic researchers and programs at Texas Tech University, other universities and research establishments in the United States and internationally, and multiple organizational stakeholders across industries and sectors. We welcome and actively pursue opportunities to partner with scholars, practitioners, and research institutions to advance leadership theory, development, and practice.


Wendy Chen

Chen, Wendy

Assistant Professor

Sabrina Chi

Chi, Sabrina

Assistant Professor

Claudia Cogliser

Cogliser, Claudia C.

Benninger Family Professor of Management

Yitzhak Fried

Fried, Yitzhak

Trinity Professor of Management

Hans Hansen

Hansen, Hans

Associate Professor

Jason Headrick

Headrick, Jason

Assistant Professor of Leadership & Community Development

Bryan K Hotchkins

Hotchkins, Bryan K.

Assistant Professor

Mike Lemon

Lemon, Mike

TEACH Program Consultant, Instructor of English

Alejandra Marin

Marin, Alejandra

Assistant Professor of Practice

David Miller

Miller, David

Executive in Residence and Part-Time Instructor

Christine Nittrouer

Nittrouer, Christine

Assistant Professor

Eric Walden

Walden, Eric

Assistant Professor

Larry Williams

Williams, Larry

Director of the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute, and James C. Wetherbe Professor