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.

 

 

Research Projects (2019)

  • Robust leadership capacity of Latinos in Kansas – Lead researcher: Elisa Adriasola (Santiago, Chile)
    This research projects focuses on study the perspectives of Latinos living in Kansas about leadership and leading in the United States. This research will study the identities, prototypes, values and civic engagement, among others, of Latinos living in a US community.
  • Developing leadership capacities in high-tech industry – Lead researcher: Tim O’Brien (Boston, MA)
    This research project focuses on the leadership development trainings of a global corporation in the high-tech industry. The research aims to identify what has been learned from participants about exercising leadership and shifts in how employees define and address challenges in their organization.
  • Leadership development and employee engagement in nonprofits – Lead researcher: Mary Banwart (Lawrence, KS)
    This research project focuses on the leadership development trainings of a large non-profit organization. This study seeks to better understand the influence of a leadership development program on leadership behaviors, leadership efficacy, leadership mindset, and workplace engagement in a nonprofit context.
  • Impact of community leadership programs on work and community engagement – Lead researcher: Randy Barbour (Huntsville, AL)
    This research project focuses on the leadership development trainings of community leadership programs. This study seeks to better understand the leadership and civic outcomes of community leadership programs.

Global Database

A global database of participant data from leadership development initiatives is available for Third Floor Research partners. The database is an effort to build a common data set that includes 1) participant demographics, 2) dosage of leadership content, 3) support level of leadership program, and 4) participant leadership progress.

Meet the research team:

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

Claudia Amaro (Wichita, KS)
Marketing and outreach director, AB&C Bilingual Resources, LLC

Mary Banwart (Lawrence, KS)
Associate professor, Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, University of Kansas

Randy Barbour (Huntsville, AL)
Executive assistant to the director, North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence

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

Tamara Hernandez (Santiago, Chile)
Doctoral student, Management, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez

Tamas Kowalik (Manhattan, KS)
Doctoral student, Leadership Communication, Kansas State University

Roberta Maldonado-Franzen (Manhattan, KS)
Doctoral student, Leadership Communication, Kansas State University

Kiley Moody (Manhattan, KS)
Doctoral student, Leadership Communication, Kansas State University

Tim O’Brien (Boston, MA)
Lecturer, Adaptive Leadership, Harvard University

Elnaz Parviz (Lawrence, KS)
Doctoral student, Communication Studies, University of Kansas

Kerry Priest (Manhattan, KS)
Associate professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies, Kansas State University

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.