Koç University Leadership Lab

According to the World Economic Forum, “leadership is in crisis!” The need for effective (i.e., successful and empowering) leadership has never been more acute than now. Leaders who promote all aspects of sustainability are also sorely needed.

Koç University Leadership Lab (LLab) is founded in 2016 by Professor Zeynep Aycan. The objective of LLab is to provide a physical and intellectual space to conduct original research with potential to contribute to science and practice of leadership.

LLab welcomes scholars of all ages and experiences, from undergraduate students to full professors, who are passionate about creating positive change in and through leadership. LLab aspires to be the center of attraction to those who share the same passion.

LLab also wishes to be a repository of resources (e.g., articles, measures) for leadership scholars.

Zeynep Aycan is the Koç Holding Chair in Management & Strategy. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support to LLab research provided by this Chair. Aycan also expresses her gratitude to her mentors, Professors Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, Rabindra N. Kanungo, and Nancy J. Adler for being such excellent role models as scientists and human beings.

Let their wisdom be transferred to the next generation.

Artwork by Nancy J Adler © http://adlerartistry.com/galleries

News from us

Prof. Zeynep Aycan published a brand new book on Leadership for the New Generation

Mayor of Istanbul visited our Lab:

Ekrem & Dilek Imamoglu on the next generation leadership

Recognition to the WAL Article from EMR

What is currently cooking in the Leadership Lab?

Prof. Aycan delivered a Keynote at the International Conference on Corporate Governance – “Next Generation Leadership: Cultural Transformation – Power to Empowerment” – May 2022

Harvard Business Review Turkey live panel with Zeynep Aycan for the International Couching Federation 8th Conference
Society 5.0. December 4, 2021

A podcast with Erda Gerçek (TR)​

A medyascope interview (TR)​

Paternalistic Leadership research is on the rise!

See the most recent meta-analyses.

Hiller et al. (2019)

Bedi (2020)

See the Paternalistic Leadership Questionnaire.

PLQ – Short form in 6 languages

PLQ – Original

Keynote Speakers



Email: leadlab@ku.edu.tr

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Koç University, Sarıyer Rumeli Feneri Yolu, 34450 Sarıyer/İstanbul

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