Linda Liang

Linda Liang

Director of External and Alumni Relations
  • Department Chair
    Organizational Leadership
  • The Chicago School Online
Advancement and Sponsored Programs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Linda Liang has provided services in leadership development and talent management, including leadership assessment, coaching, training and development, for over 25 years. She holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  She has taught in university settings in the areas of leadership, assessment, human resources, and performance management for over the last 15 years.  She is currently the Department Chair of the PhD Program in Organizational Leadership, Online, for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She is responsible for studetn satisfaction, program management and evaluation, admissions standards and course consistency and effectiveness. The PhD program was founded in 2009 and teaches both leadership theory and application in a variety of settings. Courses include leadership theory, groups and teams, strategic change management and research courses to advance the study of leadership in the field.
  • PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Areas Of Expertise

Leadership Assessment, Development and Training

Dr. Liang has designed customized leadership assessment systems including, individual assessments, assessment centers, developmental exercises, quizzes to measure power and influence and other types of assessments. She has development and implemented both customized and commercial 360-degree feedback systems.  She is an expert coach, having coached many senior leaders in a variety of organizations on accountability, power and influence, strategic thinking and developing core competencies.  She has designed individual development plans, and provided a variety of feedback at all levels of organizations.

Research and Analytical Skills and Abilities

Dr. Liang's primary areas of research interests are emotional intelligence, power and influence and the identification of high potential performers.  She has conducted company-wide analyses in Fortune 100 companies of career paths, identifying and promoting top talent, and the utilization of talent in organizations. She has developed analytical systems for measuring the effectiveness of hiring practices, career paths, succession plans, compensation and reward systems, and talent management processes.  She has designed behaviorally-based performance appraisal systems.  She has also conducted customized 360-degree feedback systems for top executives, developed personal coaching and development plans, and measured their effectiveness related to company strategy and the achievement of strategic goals.

Other Accomplishments

Linda most recently published an article, "Tips from Emerging Leaders for Creating Possibilities for Your Future" Diversity MBA Magazine, Spring, 2011.  She also appeared in 2010 on Channel 2 news speaking on "Negotiating Knowhow."  She has been a requested speaker for conferences, workshops and seminars in a variety of Fortune 100 companies.  She has presented at a number of conferences on the topics of executive coaching, power and influence in organizations, and how to build visibility at work.

LInda is current one of the principal invesigators on a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a leadership certificate for women in academia in STEM positions in historically Black colleges and univrsities (HBCU's). She is also the receipient of a service learning grant and is the first to incorporate service learning into a completely online course.