2016 Jablin and Clark Winners

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By Jill Schreider 

Jill Schreider PhotoJill Schreider is a marketing and communications intern at the International Leadership Association. She is a junior communications major at the University of Maryland College Park and looks forward to a future working in public relations. 




Kyoung Yong Kim Wins 2016 Clark Award at ILA Atlanta

Kyoung Yong Kim was presented with the 2016 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award on Friday, Nov. 4 at ILA’s 2016 annual global conference for his paper, “Supportive Leadership: A Conditional Process Model Linking Leadership, Climate, and Horizontal Relationships Between Subordinates.” Kyoung is currently an assistant professor of the Department of Management at the City University of Hong Kong College of Business.

In addition to the award itself, Kyong received a $1,000 prize, a one-year membership in ILA, travel expenses and a complimentary registration to ILA Atlanta where he had the opportunity to present his work in a concurrent session at the conference. The award is named in honor of Kenneth E. Clark, the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and recognizes the best unpublished student paper on leadership or leadership development. The ILA is pleased to partner with the Center for Creative Leadership on this award.

According to Kyoung, “supportive leadership is essentially about the extent to which leaders seek to satisfy subordinates’ needs and preferences. In the literature on supportive leadership, although much research has investigated its effects on supervisor-subordinate relationships, little attention has been paid on the ways in which supportive leadership affects horizontal relationships between subordinates. To fill the gap, a conditional process model was developed by which supportive leadership influences team-member exchange (TMX) via supportive team climate, and the relationship between TMX and individual employee’s job performance is moderated by group-mean TMX. A total of four studies were conducted to test the model. The results provide compelling evidence that supportive leadership via supportive team climate enhances TMX, which in turn, improves individual employee’s job performance especially in a group with low group-mean TMX.”

Jennifer Martineau at CCL shared that there were 56 submissions from nine different countries this year. While many of the submissions contained excellent scholarship, they were “impressed with Kyoung’s research conceptually, methodologically, and in terms of its implications for both research and practice.... It was clear that Kyoung is able to conceptualize research that is relevant to the field and has significant implications for research as well.” Whereas some papers were strong in one or two areas, Kyoung’s paper embodied all of these critical components. 

Martineau was honored to present the award and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Kyoung. "He is extremely committed to his work, possessing a fresh curiosity for the field and the work of others — two traits that make him a delightful young professional.” She looks forward to the submissions this year and encourages students in all phases of their educational process to submit their research.

We took the opportunity to speak with Kyoung about the Clark Award and his experience at ILA Atlanta:

Kyoung, how did you learn about this award and opportunity?
One day when I was a doctoral student, I received an email about the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award from my advisor, Dr. Leanne Atwater. I had the supportive leadership paper, but at that time I was not sure if the paper would be a good candidate for the award. I talked about the award opportunity with Leanne and she encouraged me to apply. She was very supportive of me, and, actually, she served as a model for supportive leadership.

What was the most memorable part of the ILA 2016 Atlanta conference for you?
My favorite part was the plenary sessions that hundreds of people attended. The most memorable moment was when I was called up to the podium for the award in the plenary session. I stood by Jennifer Martineau who explained the award and introduced me as the awardee. I accepted the award and smiled for the photos. That was it. But to people like me, an introvert, these simple “tasks” were not easy at all. In fact, I remember that I was sweating a lot at the podium!

How did your presentation at ILA Atlanta go?
It was very similar to presenting research at any other academic conference. But what made the ILA conference unique was the interesting mix of audience: academics (tenure-track and non-tenure track) and practitioners. In the session, people asked many interesting questions regarding my findings based on their experiences in the organizations. Through the conversations that I had with the audience, I was able to better understand, not only what kind of problems practitioners usually encounter when utilizing academic research findings, but also what to do to make academic research more practically impactful. I was the presenter in the session sharing my research findings with others, but the session was very informative to me. Overall, it was a great experience.

Students can now submit their papers for this year’s award. The 2017 call for papers deadline is May 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The winner of this year’s award will receive a $1,000 cash prize, travel and lodging (up to two nights) and complimentary registration to ILA's 19th Annual Conference, October 12 - 15, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, a complimentary 1-year membership in the ILA, and recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications.

Take it from last year’s winner, Kyoung: “This is a valuable opportunity where students can be recognized for their hard work. The conference provides a chance to meet and network with a lot of academics and practitioners who have interesting insights on leadership and to understand practical issues better. Based on the numerous benefits that they can enjoy, I would encourage doctoral students to apply for the award this year.”

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G. James Lemoine Wins 2016 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award at ILA Atlanta

G. James (Jim) Lemoine, an assistant professor in the Organization and Human Resources Department at the University of Buffalo, was presented with the 2016 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award for “Closing the Leadership Circle: Building and Testing a Contingent Theory of Servant Leadership,” on Friday, Nov. 4 at ILA’s 2016 annual global conference.

According to Lemoine, his dissertation “consisted of three main foci: To conceptually define and distinguish servant leadership within the broader leadership scholarship; to integrate it with gender role theory and test an idea that females might be seen as particularly effective servant leaders; and to empirically verify Robert Greenleaf’s very first proposition of servant leadership, that those led by servant leaders would become servant leaders themselves.” Donelson Forsyth, Professor and Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership at the Jepson School for Leadership Studies, shared how Lemoine’s dissertation “yields all kinds of insights, including the conclusion that the effects of servant leader were contingent ones, such that servant leadership was more powerful when used by a female manager.” You can read his award-winning chapter online.

The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize, a one-year membership in ILA, travel expenses and complimentary registration to ILA Atlanta, and an opportunity to present the award-winning work at the ILA’s annul global conference. It is given each year to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research — on any topic and from any discipline — demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. The award was established to honor and celebrate the life of Jepson professor Fredric M. Jablin (1952-2004). The ILA is pleased to partner with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond on this award.

According to Forsyth, there were many qualified applicants, but Lemoine’s work was selected for his ability to dig deep, integrate new perspectives, and master the theory: “Lemoine’s dissertation was strong in terms of the empirical methods he used, and also his attention to leadership theory.”

We asked James to share his experience at ILA’s 2016 global conference, his plans for the prize money, and what’s next for him.

James, what was your most memorable experience from ILA Atlanta? Without a doubt, the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Robert Greenleaf, the individual who first conceptualized and proposed servant leadership as a better model for more caring, sustainable, and productive institutions. The number of people in the world who have affected leadership development and understanding to the degree that Greenleaf has can be counted on my fingers. It was great to see this well-deserved recognition.

What do you plan to use your $1,000 prize for? To make a small but meaningful and appreciated dent in my graduate student loans!

What’s next for you? I quite enjoy my roles as a faculty member and part of University of Buffalo’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and as a Trustee for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. I’ve been continuing my research on stakeholder-focused and innovative leadership and working with major companies to help them identify how and whether a servant leadership approach might be an effective match for their operations.

Students who have completed or will complete their doctoral dissertation between May 1, 2015 and May 1, 2017 are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Jablin Award.

The 2017 Call for Submissions deadline is May 1, 2017. Students may now submit their dissertations for the chance to win the award, along with a $1,000 prize, complimentary travel expenses and conference registration to ILA's 19th Annual Conference, October 12 - 15, 2017, in Brussels, Belgium, a complimentary 1-year membership in the ILA, and recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications.

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Apply by 1 May to one or both awards (if you're eligible)! 

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award

Deadline: 1 May 2017

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Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

Deadline: 1 May 2017

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