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Cindy McCauley, PhD

Cindy McCauley is a Senior Fellow in Research and Innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership. 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).  Her most recent book, Change Now! Five Steps to Better Leadership (CCL, 2014) 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 applied psychology from the University of Georgia.


Presentation: Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent

Abstract: Leveraging on-the-job experience to accelerate leader development is critical for building strong talent pools.  How does your talent system support (or get in the way of) using experience to develop leadership talent?   Evaluate your practices for identifying stretch assignments, staffing for development, enhancing on-the-job learning, and promoting an experience-driven development culture.


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