Charles J. PalusHonorary Senior Fellow, Americas 


    Charles J. (Chuck) Palus, PhD. studies, teaches, and develops leadership as a relational process in the context of the vertical transformation of leadership cultures, with a special interest in digital disruption.

    He is co-founder of CCL Labs, a community-based innovation laboratory with a line of products including Visual Explorer, Leadership Metaphor Explorer, Leadership Essentials, Transformations, the Early Leadership Toolkit, and the Leadership Culture Tool Box. He is a designer and facilitator in the CCL Organizational Leadership Practice and is one of its co-founders.

    He has co-designed development experiences including: Leading Creatively, EdgeWork, Facing and Solving Complex Challenges, Transforming Your Organization, Boundary Spanning Leadership, and Leadership for Societal Impact. He is a passionate contributor to the CCL Societal Impact agenda and has worked extensively in Africa.

    He is co-author of the award-winning book The Leader’s Edge; and the papers: Making Common Sense: Leadership as Meaning-Making in a Community of Practice, and Evolving Leaders. His work appears in Leadership Quarterly, Integral Review, Harvard Business Review, the Harvard Business School Handbook for Teaching Leadership, the CCL Handbook of Leadership Development, the CCL Handbook of Coaching, the Handbook of Action Research, and the Change Handbook.

    Prior to coming to the Center for Creative Leadership, Chuck was an R&D engineer in polymer products with E.I DuPont de Nemours; a water purification engineer with Vaponics; an instructor and designer with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School; and taught social psychology and statistics at Boston College.

    Chuck is an Honorary Senior Fellow and one of the co-founders for CCL’s Organizational Leadership Practice.

    Charles J. Palus

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    Areas of Expertise

    Communication, Creativity & Innovation, Relational Leadership, Transformation of Leadership Cultures, Leadership Strategy, Vertical Development, Societal Impact

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