John Pisapia

Florida Atlantic University

John Pisapia is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Florida Atlantic University (USA), a Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Scholar in Residence at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, and the Chinese-American Center, Hong Kong; The Adam Smith Research Professor at the University of Glasgow; and founder of the Strategic Leader Network (SLN) a global learning community focused on the principles of strategic leadership.

Dr. Pisapia was a teacher, high school principal, state commissioner of education, a tenured professor at West Virginia University and tenured professor and Department Chair at Virginia Commonwealth University where he also Founded the Metropolitan Research Consortium (MERC). He brings 23 years of practical management experience to his academic podium. As a practitioner and a professor, he has led strategic thinking/planning activities in for profits, non-profits, schools, and universities.

John’s mission is to enable aspiring and practicing leaders (in all contexts and all levels) to cultivate themselves and then their organization. He attempts to fulfill this mission by focusing on theory, tool, network, and community building. To support this work, he developed three tools to investigate his all echelons theory of strategic leadership. The Strategic Thinking Questionnaire (STQ) measures the leader’s use of systems thinking, reframing and reflection. The Strategic Leadership Questionnaire (SLQ), measures five leader influence actions: managing, transforming, bonding, bartering, and bridging. Both tools have been psychometrically validated. The Strategic Leadership Method (SLM) incorporates strategic thinking, doing, and execution to enable leaders and their organizations find the future and make it happen.

Dr. Pisapia holds memberships in the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, and the International Leadership Association. He received a distinguished service award for profound leadership in international education by the International Schools Association. He also has been recognized as the first cooperative professor of the year by the American Association of School Superintendents (AASA).

John, who received his doctoral degree from West Virginia University in 1974, has been called the “global professor,” teaching and consulting with leaders in education and business in Bahrain, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, France, Turkey, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, England, Scotland, and across North and South America. His articles have appeared in the Leadership Review, The American Journal of Business Research, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, Studies in Higher Education, Educational Management and Leadership, School Leadership & Management, Phi Delta Kappan, Government Union Review, New China Frontiers, International Educational Studies, and the NOLPE Law Review.


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