About GLeaM

The Global Leadership Matrix (GLeaM) was launched at Columbia Business School in 2011 by Sheena Iyengar, S.T. Lee Professor of Business, as an initiative of The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business. GLeaM's mission is to advance and promote understanding of leadership in a global context. To accomplish this mission, GLeaM's interdisciplinary team of distinguished faculty from Columbia's Business School, Sociology Department, and Psychology Department are developing a range of innovative research and information sharing initiatives that will serve the interests of academics, organizations, and people across the globe.

The central GLeaM initiative is its free-content website that delivers the latest insights on leadership and offers sophisticated tools for individuals to assess and improve aspects of their leadership ability. The beta version currently offers network assessment and time management tools, and in the coming months additional tools will be available. These tools will provide assessments and advice across an expanding matrix of leadership qualities so GLeaM members over time can develop a comprehensive leadership profile.

With each completed tool, GLeaM members receive custom feedback and advice on a particular aspect of their leadership profile—for example, a detailed view of their social network map and its characteristics—and they will be able to compare their results to those of other GLeaM users across the globe. The resulting anonymous data pools will allow professors to fill important gaps in academic and business research. The ensuing articles, white papers, case studies, and short videos will be posted on the GLeaM website. GLeaM is where theory meets practice.

GLeaM Programs

GLeaM Programs

In addition to the free-content website, GLeaM is launching two complementary programs that seek collaboration with prominent organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. The GLeaM Executive Education Program will support the unique human and social capital goals of organizations to help ensure their global competitiveness. The customized program will utilize online assessment tools and face-to-face seminars to offer new insights on a range of areas related to leadership identification and development, and the impact of social networks on organizational performance. Organizations participating in custom GLeaM programs receive expert consultation, analysis, and teaching from Columbia Business School's most distinguished faculty. The Strategic Intuition Lab invites large organizations to participate in action-research pilots that investigate howcreative strategy methods developed at Columbia Business School can be integrated into their own procedures—with the goal of implementing more innovative ideas as part of their ongoing strategic planning. To learn more about these programs, email Jeffrey Lagomarsino, GLeaM Co-director, at jl2647@columbia.edu.

GLeaM Events

GLeaM Events

GLeaM will further build on its research agenda by arranging a number of conferences, symposia, and workshops at Columbia Business School each year. These events will bring together renowned thought leaders from academia and the private sector to discuss GLeaM research and other timely issues related to global leadership.


GLeaM Sponsorship

The GLeaM initiative has received generous seed funding from Columbia Business School. GLeaM's Sponsorship Program will be instrumental in expanding its research and education activities, and will guarantee its long-term financial support. Sponsorship inquiries are welcome from corporations and individuals. Please email Jeffrey Lagomarsino, GLeaM Co-director, at jl2647@columbia.edu.

Sheena Iyengar

Faculty Director

Sheena Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. She is also Research Director at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School. She was recently named one of the World's Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants and appeared on the 2011 Thinkers50 list, the definitive global ranking of the top 50 business thinkers. Professor Iyengar is considered one of the world's experts on choice. Her critically acclaimed book, The Art of Choosing, has gained much recognition, including being chosen as a finalist for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, as well as being ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Books of 2010: Business & Investing Top 10.

Professor Iyengar is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2002 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Social Scientists for her work in examining cultural, individual, and situational factors that influence people's decision-making behaviors. In 2005 she was an invited fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Professor Iyengar has written for CNN.com, Slate and strategy+business, and has been a guest on CNN, CNBC, CBS Sunday Morning News and The Today Show. She is regularly quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Time magazines, and on National Public Radio. She recently recorded a seven-part lecture series based on The Art of Choosing for NHK TV in Japan, and was a featured speaker at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Professor Iyengar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in psychology. She then earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. At Columbia Business School she has taught the Leadership core course for 10 years and also teaches electives such as Entrepreneurial Creativity, Managerial Decision Making, and Thinking Globally.