Kristin Cullen-Lester
Assistant Professor
University of Mississippi

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Kristin Cullen-Lester, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. Her work aims to improve leadership effectiveness by advancing the assessment and development of leaders and leadership systems with a particular focus on leaders’ professional networks and the role of organizational networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and strategic, large-scale change. The aim of these efforts it to help employees thrive in their careers and organizations design the facilitating conditions for effective and equitable network development that will enhance not only organizational performance but employee well-being.  This work is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Outside of academia, Cullen-Lester is co-founder and Chief People Scientist of Network Leader, an organization aiming to make the complex world of network research and analysis easy for anyone to understand and apply. Previously, as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a top global provider of executive education, she led the center’s R&D efforts in integrating networks into leadership development. She received the 2021 Distinguished Early Career Contribution for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Related Publications

Floyd, T. M., Cullen‐Lester, K. L., Lester, H. F., & Grosser, T. J. (2023). Emphasizing “me” or “we”: Training framing and self‐concept in network‐based leadership development. Human Resource Management, 62: 637-659.

Grosser, T. J., Sterling, C. M., Piplani, R., Cullen‐Lester, K. L., & Floyd, T. M. (2023). A social network perspective on workplace inclusion: The role of network closure, network centrality, and need for affiliation. Human Resource Management, 62:477–490.

Alonso, N. Porter, C. M., & Cullen-Lester, K. L. 2021. Building Effective Networks for the Transition from the Military to the Civilian Workforce: Who, What, When, and How. Military Psychology, 33(3), 152-168.

*Woehler, M. L., *Cullen-Lester, K. L., *Porter, C. M., & Frear, K. A. 2021. Whether, How, and Why Networks Influence Men’s and Women’s Career Success: Review and Research Agenda. Journal of Management, 47(1), 207-236. doi: 10.1177/0149206320960529

Cullen, K. L., Gerbasi, A., & Chrobot-Mason, D. 2018. Thriving in central network positions: The role of political skill. Journal of Management, 44(2), 682-706.

Cullen-Lester, K. L., Maupin, C., & Carter, D. R. 2017. Incorporating networks into leadership development: A conceptual model and evaluation of research and practice. The Leadership Quarterly, 28(1): 130-152.

Cullen-Lester, K. L., Woehler, M. L., & Willburn, P. 2016. Network-based leadership development: A guiding framework and resources for management educators. Journal of Management Education, 40(3): 321- 358.