Lawrence Technological University ‘Leaders in the Making’: An Effective Leader is a Learning Leader


This article examines survey data on leadership from university students and alumni to characterize effective leadership using Appreciative Inquiry and SOAR. We define learning leaders as leaders who use lifelong learning, dialogue and collaborative communication to lead self and others through leveraging strengths, identifying opportunities and aspirations, and being results-driven and present recommendations for how to be a learning leader.


Author: Matthew L. Cole

Matt Cole is an associate professor at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Management and Founder of PRONEWS LLC. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business statistics, principles of management, human resource management, entrepreneurship, and organization development and change. His research focuses on POS, SOAR, teams and research methods in business.


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Author: Menuka Herath

Menuka Herath is a graduate student at Lawrence Technological University pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations on project management and information technology. Her research interests are Learning Leaders, Appreciative Inquiry, SOAR, organization development, business IT and analytics.


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Author: Jackie Stavros

Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Business and IT. Her passion is working with others to discover their strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results for positive change and applying AI in everyday conversations to fuel productive and meaningful engagement ( 


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