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.

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"The Institute for Leadership Research works to develop ethical, responsible and effective leaders to make the world a far better place."
"The Institute for Leadership Research recognizes that leadership is a learned skill and subsequently provides a bridge from research to developing those skills into practice."
Michael R. Ryan

Michael R. Ryan

Executive Director



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.