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Visiting Leadership Scholar to Deliver Public Lecture - April 3

Bill Gentry visits campus to deliver 'Five O’clock Shadows, Sighs, and Seinfeld: What Leaders can Learn from Nonverbal Communication Blunders in Political Debates and Television.'

Bill Gentry, Elon’s 2013 Visiting Leadership Scholar, delivers a public lecture on April 3. An expert in myriad leadership research areas (see Gentry’s brief bio below), his talk is titled, Five O’clock Shadows, Sighs, and Seinfeld: What Leaders can Learn from Nonverbal Communication Blunders in Political Debates and Television.

The presentation will be given in the Isabella Cannon Room from 7-8 p.m. and is all are welcome. Gentry is a researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL; www.ccl.org), one of the premier leadership development and research institutes in the world. Gentry has deep expertise in a wide variety of leadership-related topics, and is truly at the helm of cutting edge research in the field. As Visiting Leadership Scholar, he has already presented to numerous Elon groups and students during the spring semester. Earlier in the day he will meet with Elon’s inaugural class of Faculty Leadership Scholars to share his thoughts on leadership education.


William A. (Bill) Gentry Ph.D. is currently an Enterprise Associate/Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and coordinator of CCL’s internship and postdoc programs. He also teaches frequently in a variety of business and psychology departments in North Carolina. Gentry graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, received his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia, and was also a postdoctoral fellow at CCL.

His research interests are in multisource (360) research, survey development and analysis, leadership and leadership development across cultures, mentoring, managerial derailment, multilevel measurement, and in the area of organizational politics and political skill in the workplace. He also studies nonverbal behavior and its application to effective leadership and communication, particularly in political debates. He has published in such top-tier academic journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly. Bill has been a contributor to businessweek.com on the nonverbal behaviors of candidates in the 2008 presidential and vice presidential debates and of President Obama’s inaugural address. In addition, his research on political skill and derailment in the workplace has been featured in more than 40 internet and newspaper outlets.

Chris Leupold,
3/29/2013 1:30 AM