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Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

About the Institute

Developing leaders with a focus on character

The world craves better leadership, and there is no shortage of books, sound bites and so-called experts on the topic. Yet ongoing issues in business and other sectors around the world indicate that the problem of leadership has not been solved.

Somehow, the world seems to have forgotten what good leadership looks like.

Since the inception of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership in September 2010, we have been at the centre of leadership thought, inquiry and education into what makes a better leader. Beginning with our multi-disciplinary examination of the leadership failures and successes relating to the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, we have made research, teaching and outreach on leader character our distinct differentiator in the vast leadership space.

We strive to make leader character relevant, accessible and useful to participants in our degree granting programs as well as leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  Our activities in these areas will not only attract better candidates for our programs but also help design and deliver leadership experiences that will positively contribute to the development of leaders.

Leader character is ingrained into our Institute’s mission and vision:


Our raison d'être is to develop current and next generation leaders through best-in-class research and education.


We aspire to be recognized by researchers and practitioners as a globally leading Institute for research, teaching and outreach regarding the awareness, assessment and development of leader character.

Much has been achieved since the founding of the Institute, and, as you’ll see in this website, the momentum is continuing to build.