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Center for Leadership Studies


Founder of the Center for Leadership Studies​

On Oct. 11, 2007, during the final stages of the production of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Leadership, Bernard Bass passed away at his vacation home in Binghamton, N.Y. Known as Bernie to his colleagues and friends, he had been living in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was 82 years old. He was a distinguished professor emeritus in the School of Management at Binghamton University and a member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College in Florida. He was also the Founding Director of the Center for Leadership Studies at Binghamton and Founding Editor of the Leadership Quarterly journal.

CLS Vision and Mission

The Center for Leadership Studies (CLS) is a Binghamton University Organized Research Center, founded in 1987 and reporting to the vice president for research. Its vision is to advance understanding and application of leadership using interdisciplinary approaches to theory and research and innovative methodologies. Its mission is to generate, conduct and disseminate basic and applied research for the advancement of leadership effectiveness of individuals, groups and teams, and various collectives such as organizations, communities and networks. To realize our mission and vision, the center's primary goals and objectives are: 1. Research and Science – to discover and verify new knowledge about leadership; 2. Application and Practice – to develop and apply leadership "best practices" through assessment, education, and training and development; and 3. Knowledge and Learning – to conserve and disseminate leadership knowledge and practice for scholars and professionals. Overall, we strive to be a preeminent center for leadership studies, with particular emphasis on multi-level theory and methods, new models and methods of leadership, and promotion and evaluation of leadership development.

Last Updated: 9/20/17