Later research began to focus on the actual behaviors of these leaders and took the perspective that in order to be effective a person had to use the appropriate behaviors. Susan Murphy's perspective is one that combines both perspectives, personality and behavior, and focuses on how developmental activities can improve a person's leadership competence. These successful leadership development activities combine early leadership experiences, self-confidence, behavioral flexibility, and effective communication skills. During her talk Murphy will discuss examples of each of these, as well as the future of leadership development.
Susan Murphy, a professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, is currently involved in research on leadership and leadership development and serves as associate director of the Kravis Leadership Institute. Murphy received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and was a research scientist with Battelle, Human Affairs Research Center before joining CMC in fall 1993.