UW Research

Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking


Under the direction of Bruce J. Avolio, Mark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership, the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington Foster School of Business focuses on integrating rigor and relevance in terms of how leadership and strategic thinking is developed. Where numerous alternative solutions may not have research to back up their recommendations, our developmental programming is differentiated due to this focus on applying evidence-based practices which are demonstrated to have transformative impact on leaders and leader behavior.

Center’s Foundational Base Vision

We aim to steward individuals, groups, and organizations toward a heightened potential through advancing leadership science and practice.


To transform the intangible states of leadership into tangible successes.

Core Value

To be an authentic reflection of what we investigate and expect from others.

Core Services Offered

Comprehensive Leadership Academies/Leadership and Coaching Certification Program Interventions.
Custom-designed Leadership & Team interventions based on evidence-based models/practice.
Development of technology to accelerate leadership and team development.
Applied field research projects connected to CLST mission.
Leadership Coaching Certification Program

Funding Information

WA State, Grants and Contracts
NSF 2016-2019
Army Research Institute 2010-2019
VA Healthcare Systems 2009-2018

Reporting Structure

We have a team-based flat structure to enhance agility. The Center Director reports to the Dean of Foster School of Business.

Related UW Entities

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)
Fritzky Leadership Fellows
Jackson School of International Studies
MHA/EMHA Programs in the School of Public Health
Management & Organization Department in Foster
Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS)
UW Cambia Center for Palliative Care
UW CoMotion
UW Husky Leadership Institute (HLI)
UW Facilities Services
UW Resiliency LAB

External Partners

Army Research Institute
Recurrence Inc.
VA Healthcare Systems VISN1
Washington Fire Departments
Washington State Department of Natural Resources