Senior Fellow, Research and Innovation
Center for Creative Leadership
Cindy McCauley is a Senior Fellow in Research and Innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). She designs and manages R&D projects, coaches action learning teams, writes for multiple audiences, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. As a result of her research and applied work, she is an advocate for using on-the-job experience as a central leader development strategy, for seeing leadership as a product of the collective, and for integrating constructive-developmental theories of human behavior into leader development practice.
Cindy co-developed two of CCL’s assessment tools, Benchmarks and the Job Challenge Profile and co-edited three books for talent development professionals: The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Experience-Driven Leader Development (Wiley, 2013), and Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent, (Jossey-Bass, 2014). One of her most popular publications, Developmental Assignments: Creating Learning Experiences Without Changing Jobs, was featured on CNN.com and in Harvard Management Update. Her most recent book, Change Now! Five Steps to Better Leadership, focuses on crafting and enacting development plans.
Cindy is a Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and served most recently as the editor of SIOP’s journal. She received a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Georgia.