John Pisapia is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Florida Atlantic University (USA) and Founder of the Strategic Leader Network (SLN) a global learning community focused on the principles of strategic leadership. Dr. Pisapia's work in strategic thinking and execution has received national and international attention. His book, The Strategic Leader (Washington Post top ten business books in 2010) describes his all echelons theory of strategic leadership and presents new science tactics that lead away from compliance responses and toward engagement, commitment, and self-managed organizations.
John's mission is to develop and provide the tools which enable aspiring and practicing leaders (in all contexts) to cultivate themselves and then their organization. He attempts to fulfill this mission by focusing on theory, tool development, network development, and community building. John's academic reach encompasses much of the globe through his visiting lectures on change leadership, transforming universities and schools, strategic thinking, and strategic and entrepreneurial leadership, and the strategic leader network (SLN) he founded and directs. The major network nodes are:
Professor Pisapia is a recent Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Scholar in Residence at the Chinese-American Center, Hong Kong; and the Adam Smith Research Professor at the University of Glasgow. He currently serves on the Fulbright Senior Scholar list. He holds memberships in the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, and the International Leadership Association. His papers have appeared in the Leadership Review, The American Journal of Business Research, The American Journal of Education Research, Educational Management and Leadership, School Leadership & Management, Phi Delta Kappan, Government Union Review, New China Frontiers, International Educational Studies, and the NOLPE Law Review.
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 served as the Founding Director of the Metropolitan Research Consortium (MERC). He received a distinguished service award for profound leadership in international education by the International Schools Association. He also has been recognized as their first professor of the year by the American Association of School Superintendents, and brings 23 years of practical management experience to his academic podium.