Joan V. Gallos is an award-winning educator, author, and scholar in the field of leadership and management education and a consultant who has engaged in leadership development and organizational start-up and change projects for private and public organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Gallos has been Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Leadership at Wheelock College, Professor of Leadership, University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the Executive MBA Program at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she also served as Dean and Professor of Leadership at the School of Education, Coordinator of University Accreditation, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Planning, and Director of the Higher Education Graduate Programs. Gallos holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in English from Princeton and master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational behavior and professional education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In addition to her academic appointments at UMKC, she has taught at the Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Babson College, as well as in executive programs at a variety of institutions such as Harvard’s Kennedy School and Graduate School of Education, Babson, University of Missouri, Notre Dame, and University of British Columbia. Her scholarship centers on innovative leadership and management pedagogy for a diverse work world; organizational change; and expanding conceptions of what, how and why professionals learn. Current interests include 21st century leadership and followership; academic leadership; and the arts as a vehicle for leadership and organizational development. She blogs on topics such as these as The Leadership Professor at and tweets as @JoanGallos. Gallos has published four books (Business Leadership; Organization Development; Reframing Academic Leadership with Lee Bolman; and Teaching Diversity: Listening to the Soul, Speaking from the Heart with V. Jean Ramsey) with another in draft (Managing Difficult People); more than fifty articles and chapters; and multiple sets of curricular and training materials for the organizational and administrative sciences. She has a co-authored play on teen health; draft of a book for young readers; plenty of ideas for children’s books; and ongoing stops and starts on her first novel.


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