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Rob Elkington


Rob Elkington is the CEO, and President, of Global Leadership Initiatives, an organization that develops excellence in leadership globally.  

Rob holds:

  • A Ph.D. from North West University,
  • Is also currently enrolled in a Ph.D. in Leadership and Governance Studies with the Faculty of Law and Governance at the University of Tulbach, in the Netherlands.
  • An Advanced Certificate in Intercultural Management from Notre Dame University.

Rob is:

Adjunct Professor at Ontario Tech University serving the Business and IT faculty, the Social Sciences faculty, and the Education faculty.

Rob teaches undergraduate courses such as:

  • Critical Thinking and Ethics,
  • Collaborative Leadership,
  • Leadership Negotiation and Teamwork,
  • Business Ethics,
  • Leadership and Administration, and
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Rob also facilitates fully online graduate courses in:

  • Foundations of Leadership,
  • Leadership and Technology, and
  • Ethics and Leadership.

Senior Lecturer with the Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership and Good Governance
Facilitator with the Management Development Centre at Ontario Tech University
Community Liaison and Mentor with the Durham Community Innovation Lab,
Member of the International Leadership Association -

Research and Publications:

  • Served as lead Editor and co-author for the book: “Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context.” (Emerald, 2017).
  • Served as lead Editor and co-author for the soon to be released: “Exceptional Leadership by Design: Designing Organizational Contexts for Great Leadership.” (Emerald 2018).
  • Published numerous peer reviewed articles on the topic of leadership in various Leadership journals.
  • Currently working on:
    • Emerging Issues in Higher Educational Leadership: A Delphi Survey.
    • Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in Disadvantaged Contexts.
    • Sensemaking in Police Leadership in a VUCA World.
    • Seeking Best Methods for Leadership Development.
  • Presented on a number of leadership topics at the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 International Leadership Association annual conferences.
  • Co-authored a chapter in the prestigious 2017 Building Leadership Bridges Series: “Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership: New Dimensions, Opportunities, and Challenges for Business, Industry, Education and Society.” Rob’s chapter is titled: “How the Communal Philosophies of Ubuntu in Africa and Confucius Thought in China Might Enrich Western Notions of Leadership.”