Taking research to the next level

Third Floor Research is a new, large-scale, multi-partner research program created to foster innovation on how leadership is exercised and how leadership capacity is developed in others.

KLC has access to hundreds of organizations and thousands of participants and research partners who are connected to thousands of others – all striving to increase their ability to lead. The big idea is to bring all that knowledge, data and expertise together and use it to build stronger and more effective leadership. Third Floor Research will study those efforts with a coordinated, uniform research agenda. The result will be cutting-edge leadership development tools and practices, synthesized here in Kansas, but with impact around the world.



Designed from a global perspective

Since 2017, a global design team of eight expert researchers and practitioners have been working alongside KLC to develop the structure of the new research program. Team members from Kansas, Harvard, Chile, Wisconsin, Israel and Colorado brought experience in how to design, facilitate and measure the impact of leadership development efforts.

Meet the design team:

Elisa Adriasola, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago Chile
Assistant professor, Business School

Mary Banwart, University of Kansas
Associate professor, Communication Studies, Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies

Randy Barbour, Wichita State University
Doctoral candidate in the Community Psychology program, KLC research practicum

David Chrislip, Skillful Means, Founder & KLC Senior Fellow, Boulder, CO

Ilan Levene, Jewish Agency, Jerusalem, Israel
Director of programs and development for Global Leadership Institute

Paula Tran Inzeo, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Associate researcher Population Health Institute

Tim O’Brien, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Lecturer, adaptive leadership at Kennedy School

Tim Steffensmeier, Manhattan, KS
Director of research, Kansas Leadership Center
Associate professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies, Kansas State University

To learn more about how you, or your organization, can partner with KLC’s Third Floor Research, contact Tim Steffensmeier at tsteffensmeier@kansasleadershipcenter.org.