Center for Creative Leadership
Skeens Watson Visiting Professor of Leadership
Roland Smith is a Senior Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), leading the Center’s legal sector practice group. He is one of the lead designers and trainers for CCL and is the lead researcher relative to legal sector initiatives. He is experienced in working with in-house counsel, executive committees, practice groups and regional law offices. He has served on the faculty of Elon Law since 2009.
Smith leads CCL’s current research agenda focused on senior lawyer-leaders, having published “The Changing Nature of Leadership in
Law Firms” in 2009. In addition to his work with attorneys, Smith has provided leadership training for doctors, scientists, engineers, accountants, and corporate executives. In 2011, Smith was appointed special adviser by the North Carolina Bar Association to create a Leadership Academy for young lawyers for the organization’s Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force.
Smith has taught entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and human resource management at The College of Idaho. He received a BA and MA from Boise State University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning from the University of Idaho.