Academy of Leadership &
Professional Development

Collaborative Research on Leadership

In the fall of 2014, Greenville Health System and Clemson University were awarded a seed grant for a collaborative study on leadership. Working with Marissa Shuffler, PhD, a psychologist and assistant professor in Clemson’s College of Business & Behavioral Science, the Academy conducted a special leadership survey at GHS in October 2104. The survey was designed to assess the declarative knowledge of conscious leadership principles and concepts as well as provide a self-report measure of Political Skill. In the fall of 2015, a repeat survey was conducted. Data from both surveys is being analyzed alongside and in conjunction with the GHS Press-Ganey employee opinion surveys to identify any correlations or other findings pertinent to leadership development and culture at GHS. This longitudinal study will serve as a basis for comparison of scores from year to year.

Along with the research there has been attention to writing and publishing articles as well as gaining grant funding for further research activities. This research and GHS will be presented at the annual Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference in Anaheim, CA in April 2016.

Other pending projects include: leadership research with the GHS Emerging Leaders participants and the Roger C. Peace Traumatic Brain Injury department. The goal is to identify behavioral measures of conscious leadership that can be quantified to provide a basis for curriculum development and assessment.

Additionally, the Academy is pursuing leadership research around the Enneagram tool and collaborating with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville regarding “conscious professionalism”.

Briefing of Collaborative Activity


Research in Action

GHS Health Sciences Center Research Showcase


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marissaconscious leadershipMarissa Shuffler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clemson University, presented the collaborative research activities to the Clemson University School of Health Research (CUSHR) group at their meeting on February 9, 2017. GHS and Clemson continue to work together to explore and expand leadership development research


In November 2016, we invited a group of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists from various other universities to visit with GHS, in collaboration with our partnership with Clemson. This team met for two days to begin to identify areas in which we could explore and harness the synergy of like-minded research professionals to further advance our knowledge of conscious leadership and professionalism. Leaders, professors and graduate students from GHS and Clemson were joined by others from the following:

  •  City University of New York, Brooklyn College
  • Hofstra University (NY)
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Preliminary plans for further engagement & interaction are being considered. More information will follow in the coming months.



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