The Leadership Center at UT Dallas

The Center for Ethical Leadership and Learning

The Leadership Center was established at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2004 in specific response to a pent-up need of the 21st century: to develop ethical and learning leaders in our community. We are housed in UT Dallas’s Jindal School of Management.

We believe this concept of ethical leadership plays a vital role in the leadership process that translates into better leaders in business, government, and society. We believe that if we had more ethical and learning leaders in positions of power, we would have a world with more stability, honesty, and fairness.

I am very pleased to introduce the Leadership Center here at the School of Management. The key to success of any modern organization is sustainable development through ethical leadership and innovation. We have brought together top-notch faculty and practitioners, from all over the world, with the goal of creating a deeper and more meaningful understanding of ethical leadership across diverse cultural contexts.

The center will serve three distinct stakeholders—students, community and corporations—with a passion for providing ideas, practical tools and ethical philosophies for developing sustainable organizations for creating both economic and social value. We are committed to achieving this through formal classroom learning, practitioner workshops, field research and rigorous academic research relevant to the science and practice of effective managing and leading. We are very particular about the fact that everything we do here at the center should enrich student experience at UT Dallas and is realized through community and corporate engagements.

I encourage you, students, community leaders and corporations, to further examine our Leadership Center and hope you will participate in our tradition of excellence here at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Hasan Pirkul, PhD
Dean and Caruth Chair of Management

JSOM 4.608

We all know the critical importance of leadership at all levels and in all types of organizations, and we know the tragedy of failed leadership. We believe that leadership can be learned and a leader's effectiveness can be improved. We also believe that ethical leadership, based on sound values, is good leadership. The University of Texas at Dallas, under the School of Management, has established the Leadership Center at UT Dallas. The university's vision is to bring the body of knowledge on leadership, combined with the actual experience of leaders, to students who aspire to be future leaders and to executives who wish to hone their leadership skills.


Jerry Hoag

Executive Director, The Leadership Center

Academic Director's Message

It is my pleasure to introduce you to The Leadership Center at UT Dallas. Our belief is that leaders have a responsibility for creating communities and institutions that are sustainable, and that sustainability in turn depends on ethical behavior.

At The Leadership Center, we help students, corporations, and others in our community to learn and practice sustainable, ethical leadership through classroom discussions and workshops to improve leadership skills. Another core activity is research and publication on issues relevant to scholars, students and practicing managers. We focus on effective problem framing and problem solving techniques, entrepreneurial leadership (both social and commercial), cross-cultural leadership, and sustainable business strategies.

I encourage you to take an active interest in the philosophy and practice of sustainable and ethical leadership and join us in our ongoing efforts to create a bold new world where what is good for corporations will be good for all people, irrespective of their position in society.


Jeffrey Hicks, PhD

Academic Director, The Leadership Center

The center has distinguished fellows and faculty who have a wide and deep skill set for ethical leadership teaching and training. Our fellows and faculty come from a variety of fields with the one thing in common: an urge to develop more ethical and learning leaders. Most of them are also experienced coaches to Fortune-100 executives.

Distinguished Fellows

Raj Asava

Asava, Raj
Chief Executive Officer
Asava Consulting, Inc.
(214) 659-1725

Gregory Dess

Dess, Gregory
Professor, Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair in Applied Ethics
(972) 883-4439

Douglas Kiel

Kiel, Douglas
Professor, Public Affairs and Administration, UT Dallas
(972) 883-2019

Frank Lazarus

Lazarus, Frank
Former President, University of Dallas
Professor of Classics
(972) 883-5956

Jim Parker

Parker, James
Former CEO, Southwest Airlines
(214) 792-4847

John Slocum

Slocum, John
Professor Emeritus, Southern Methodist University
(972) 403-1198

Stephen Redwood

Redwood, Stephen
Principal, NE Org & Talent
Deloitte Consulting LLP
(212) 313-2898

Charles Hazzard

Hazzard, Charles
Clinical Professor, UT Dallas, Senior Advisor to the Dean
(972) 883-5956


Kenichiro Akiyama

Akiyama, Kenichiro
Visiting Professor
Managing Director
Minori Management Research Institute, Japan

Usman Ghani

Ghani, Usman
Clinical Professor, UTD, Chairman, ConfluentC, LLC.
(972) 883-5942

Jerry Hoag Hoag, Jerry
Associate Dean, Executive Director, The Leadership Center
(972) 883-4785
Padmakumar Nair

Nair, Padmakumar
Clinical Professor and Academic Director, The Leadership Center
(972) 883-6264

David Ritchey

Richey, David
Associate Dean of Operations, UT Dallas
(972) 883-4076

Sudhir Sharan

Sharan, Sudhir
Visiting Professor
Professor of of Strategy & Applied Research at Kohinoor Business School


Ehrenhard, Michel
Visiting Professor
University of Twente
NIKOS, Netherlands

Visiting Researchers

Divya Bhutani

Bhutani, Divya (U.A.E.)
VP, Educational Services
Oztern Technology, Trivandrum, India

Zahir Dossa Dossa, Zahir (Africa)
Ashwin Joshi Joshi, Ashwin (U.S.)
Kor, Borcu Kor, Borcu (Turkey)
Sherule, Aslem Sherule, Aslem (India)


The center has developed and successfully tested four major offerings for organizations: leadership challenge workshop, developing high performance teams, leading innovative organizations, and strategizing workshop. Each of these provides specific, measurable benefits to corporations. Depending on your organization’s needs, these can be one day or as long as two full days. In certain cases, pre-workshop research time may be needed by the center faculty to better assess your situation, which can be arranged if appropriate.

Leadership Challenge
For the busy executive wanting to align his/her team, the leadership challenge identifies the working styles of team members and informs decisions about team organization and how to achieve better team results. With our broad and deep global experience, significant results are achieved quickly.

Leading Innovative Organizations
Utilizing UT Dallas’s groundbreaking brain research, LIO establishes thinking patterns for executives which, when applied, help foster creativity and innovation, providing distinct competitive advantage.

Developing High Performance Teams
Today’s fast-paced business needs the best performance from its teams. We help your business by engaging your managers in activities and learning that improve team building and management skills. Unlike other team training programs, we lay the foundation for training on tested organizational science concepts.

C-level executives who desire a better understanding of strategic frameworks and how to apply the right ones to their group or organization will find SW most helpful. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, and will help you, with our experience, to select strategies for the most leverage and results.


We offer three sets of courses to students to develop their knowledge and skills:

  • Undergraduate Course: Transformational Leadership, Ethics, and Social Responsibility in Practice. This is a fundamental, hands-on course to build students’ understanding of organizational change and how transformational leaders envision and implement change that creates sustainable institutions and productive societies. This course uses both Eastern and Western moral philosophical traditions and leadership concepts from many cultures. Students also work in teams on real projects, typically in the DFW area, primarily with nonprofit organizations and present project reports towards the end of the semester.
  • Graduate Level Course: Management and Organizational Consulting. (Pre-requisites needed). This is one of the capstone courses offered at the UT Dallas School of Management. It starts with actual (business or government) issues presented by representatives of the center client organizations. Students form teams that select one issue or opportunity per team and build a scope statement. This becomes their semester’s theory and practice agenda. New knowledge unfolds through classwork. Experience develops through teams and trying various scenarios and solutions to the issue or opportunity the team has selected. Presentations and grading are nontraditional involving the input of all stakeholders.
  • Leadership Academy @ UT Dallas: Open to the entire UT Dallas community. Every semester, we organize several 2-hour seminars in the broad area of leadership and cover a wide swath of themes and topics. We also invite distinguished speakers from the center and outside who share their experiences not just from the past but on the most pressing contemporary matters. Seminars are open to the entire UT Dallas community; after completing 3 seminars, participants are awarded a Certificate in Ethical Leadership.


We help local governments and not-for-profit organizations meet their challenges by facilitating strategy sessions, and providing student groups for solving tactical and operational issues.


Individuals will not be identified and organizations will not be specified in our public papers/reports

The center has a bold research agenda that envelopes a wide range of what we believe are interrelated areas. The six areas we invest our resources into include business education quality; leadership and organization culture; technology strategy (these days, particularly nanotechnology); entrepreneurship; innovation and sustainability; and quantitative cultural studies.

Our Research

Our corporate sponsors join the McDermott Foundation in providing support for The Leadership Center at UT Dallas.

Sponsors and Partners

Corporate sponsors are important partners and collaborators with the center and its faculty.

  • Through an advisory board, corporate sponsors provide insight and guidance into the design and selection of programs.
  • Sponsor companies represent a rich source of outside speakers, panelists and executives-in-residence as a key part of our collaborative approach.
  • Each sponsor receives special pricing in our various offerings and also has preferred attendance at Excellence in Leadership Speakers events.