New Directions in Leadership Research Conference

The annual New Directions in Leadership Research (NDLR) Conference is convened by a COLE-led consortium of schools. The NDLR Conference:

  • Convenes leading and emerging researchers doing work that is relevant to the study of leadership and ethics, and specifically including individuals whose research goes beyond traditional leadership research.
  • Creates an intimate and highly interactive atmosphere that allows participants to optimally benefit from this diversity of perspectives.
  • Provides a setting for knowledge exchange and discussion of diverse and stimulating perspectives that will ultimately advance the leadership field.

Conference Format:

  • Presenters are selected by invitation only
  • Individual Paper presentations with extended time for Q&A

Conference Dates:

  • June 1-2, 2024 – INSEAD
  • 2025 – University of Michigan
  • 2026 – Erasmus University
  • 2027 – Duke University
  • 2028 – University of Virginia
  • 2029 – INSEAD

For information about the 2024 NDLR conference, please contact the 2024 conference organizers.

Conference Partners:

Conference History

Building on its mission, in May 2008 Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) pioneered the New Directions in Leadership Research Conference (NDLR). The 2008 and 2009 academic conference presented interesting, novel, and generative research on leadership and fostered knowledge exchange among leading scholars.

In 2008 Erasmus University joined Duke to establish the NDLR Conference as a cross-continental partnership. In 2009, this partnership expanded to include INSEAD and University of Pennsylvania. This consortium of schools further broadens the perspectives and resources available, establishing the NDLR Conference as a global leader in leadership and ethics scholarship.

In June 2019, the University of Pennsylvania completed its 10th and final year as part of the consortium.  In its place, the University of Virginia has joined the consortium of schools and will be hosting the 2020 conference.

The newest member of the consortium of schools is the University of Michigan, joining the group in 2022.