Number 1 PhD Program in Leadership & Organizational Developoment

Benedictine Ph.D. Program Named #1 in Leadership, for Second Year in a Row

Center for Values-Driven Leadership Doctoral Program, Press Release

Number 1 PhD Program in Leadership & Organizational DevelopomentHR.Com Recognizes Benedictine University’s Doctoral Program as Top Ph.D. Program in Leadership & Organizational Development


Lisle, IL – February 2018: Benedictine University’s Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, for senior executives, has been named the top leadership doctoral program in’s annual listing, for the second year in a row. The program earned top honors in the category of leadership or organizational development doctoral programs.

This first place ranking is reflective of student and graduate evaluations, as well as national reputation.

“We credit our success to our exceptional students, alumni, faculty, and distinguished visiting scholars,” says Dr. Jim Ludema, co-founder of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership and a professor of global leadership. “They live values-driven leadership every day. Our program helps them advance their academic research while connecting it to their experience as leaders.

“They help us raise the bar on excellence, so we can contribute more to business and society.”

About the Awards

The distinguished recipients of the Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) Awards for 2018 were named for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs at the LEAD2018 event held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah February 7th and 8th. These prestigious leadership awards salute the world’s top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset – their people.

This is the 35th year of the LEAD Awards, formerly known as Leadership Excellence Awards. Benedictine University’s program has made the list for three consecutive years, placing first in 2017 and 2018, and among the Top 10 in 2016. Find a complete list of this year’s Top 10 at this link.

Executives like Dr. Kasey Short (pictured above) can complete the doctoral program in three years, while working full time. 

About the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership

Benedictine University’s executive doctoral program in values-driven leadership is designed to meet the demanding schedules of senior executives, who travel from around the globe to participate in the program. The curriculum integrates three fields of study – global leadership, strategic change, and corporate responsibility – along with qualitative and quantitative research methods, in a student-centric format that allows executives to develop as both scholars and practitioners. Classes are held once a month, on weekends, and once a year in an 8-day intensive. The three-year program includes two years of coursework, and a third year of dissertation research and writing.

See below for additional information regarding the program and the application process.

In 2019, the university will launch a Master’s in Values-Driven Leadership program, drawing on the success of the doctoral program. For more details visit

To schedule a phone conversation with a program staff member, please email

About LEAD
The Leadership Excellence & Development (LEAD) event is an annual 2-day inspirational leadership conference dedicated to helping organizations create AN INNOVATIVE, HIGH POTENTIAL AND PASSIONATE WORKFORCE. Both days are action packed with Leadership and HR-specific roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and speakers. Participants learn how to take the world’s best corporate leadership practices and concepts and put them into practice, applying them to their organizations. Thirteen keynotes inspire and motivate attendees personally and professionally with their amazing stories about overcoming obstacles, facing adversity, and persevering through hardships. The Awards Gala evening celebrates award winning leadership and development programs.

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