Cindy McCauleyHonorary Senior Fellow, Americas


    With over 30 years of experience at CCL, Cindy has contributed to many aspects of CCL’s work: research, publication, product development, program evaluation, coaching, and management. Cindy co-developed two of CCL’s assessment tools, Benchmarks and the Job Challenge Profile, and co-edited three books for talent management professionals: The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Experience-Driven Leader Development (Wiley, 2013), and Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent, (Jossey-Bass, 2014). Her most recent publications include Change Now! Five Steps to Better Leadership (CCL, 2014), which guides leaders through a process of crafting and enacting development plans, and Direction, Alignment, and Commitment: Achieving Better Results through Leadership (CCL, 2016), which helps leaders diagnose leadership issues in groups. As a result of her research and applied work, Cindy is an advocate for using on-the-job experience as a central leader development strategy, for seeing leadership as a collective endeavor, and for integrating constructive-developmental theories of human growth into leader development practice. Cindy was awarded the 2017 Marion Gislason Award for Excellence in Leadership Development by Boston University.

    Cindy is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. She designs and manages R&D projects, coaches action learning teams, writes for multiple audiences, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.

    Cindy McCauley

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    Development, Leadership Systems & Models, Talent Management & Development, Experience-Driven Development, Experience-Driven Leader Development, 360-Degree Feedback, Relational Leadership, Adult Development, Talent Management

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