Bill uses his quantitative and qualitative research skills to examine what leaders, particularly first-time managers, can do to be successful in their work and life, and to avoid derailment. He has been a key researcher who has conference presentations and publications from major, global CCL projects including Careers in 21st Century Europe, Coaching Best Practices, Global Leader View, Key Lessons in Politics, Leadership Across Differences, and the World Leadership Survey. Bill has more than 70 academic presentations and has published more than 40 articles in such journals as theJournal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and The Leadership Quarterly. He serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business & Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior and The Leadership Quarterly. Bill has been a contributor to businessweek.com on the nonverbal behaviors of candidates in the 2008 presidential and vice presidential debates. In addition, his research on first-time managers, leader character and integrity, political skill, and derailment in the workplace has been featured in more than 50 internet and newspaper outlets including Chief Learning Officer, ChiefExecutive.Net, TrainingIndustry.Com, Forbes.com, the Wall Street Journal online At Work, and CNN.com.
Bill is currently a Senior Research Scientist. In applying his research into practice, Bill’s current focus is on helping leaders who are managing for the first time in their lives. His research interests are in multisource (360) research, survey development and analysis, leadership and leadership development across cultures, leader character and integrity, mentoring, managerial derailment, multilevel measurement, and in the area of organizational politics and political skill in the workplace. He also studies nonverbal behavior and its application to effective leadership and communication, particularly in political debates. Furthermore, Bill is coordinator of internships and postdocs in the Research, Innovation, and Product Development department at CCL. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Psychology department at Guilford College and an associate member of the graduate faculty in the Organizational Sciences doctoral program at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In the past, Bill has also taught in the Leadership Studies doctoral program at North Carolina A&T State University and in the Business School at Wake Forest University. In 2013, Bill was Elon University’s “Visiting Leadership Scholar” providing lectures and talks about leadership to numerous classes and campus groups. In addition, he is also a trainer for CCL’s Maximizing Your Leadership Potential program and for CCL’s Assessment Certification Workshop.
Bill graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2000, and received his M.S. in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2005 in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia (UGA). In 2011, Bill was inducted into UGA’s inaugural 40 under 40 as one of the top 40 graduates of the University of Georgia under the age of 40. Bill was also a postdoctoral research fellow at CCL before joining CCL’s full-time faculty as a researcher and trainer.
Bill is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Academy of Management (AoM).
- Gaining Clarity About Political Organizations: Dispelling the Negativity of Organizational Politics
- Social Identity: Knowing Yourself, Leading Others
- A Study of the Discrepancy between Self- and Observer-Ratings on Managerial Derailment Characteristics of European Managers
- Bill discusses how crucial it is for first time supervisors to “flip” from thinking about yourself to thinking about creating a partnership with your team.
- Social Identity Conflicts in Organisational and Cultural Context: Triggers, Responses and Leadership Practices
- Managing Identity Conflicts: Perspectives Across Organisational Level and Culture