Follow Us

Log in

For Business        For Academia         For Practitioners        For Students       Jobs Board

About NLA        Why NLA        Join NLA

Careers in Leaderology

In today's academic landscape, leadership degrees come in various forms and specializations, catering to diverse career aspirations. From bachelor's to doctoral levels, and encompassing a range of sub-disciplines, these programs provide individuals with valuable skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen paths. So, what can you do with a leadership degree? Let's embark on a journey to discover the exciting career opportunities that await those with a passion for leadership.

Understanding the Landscape:

The world of leadership degrees is a tapestry of different designations and sub-disciplines. At the bachelor's level, you'll encounter Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs. As you venture into the master's level, the range of designations expands, featuring MAOL, MSL, MSOL, MSSL, and more. The doctoral level is equally diverse, encompassing PhD, EdD, DEL, DSL, and other prestigious titles.

Exploring Career Opportunities:

The beauty of a leadership degree lies in its versatility, enabling graduates to pursue various career paths across multiple industries. While specialization within a sub-discipline can prepare you for a specific niche, a leadership degree in general opens doors to exciting opportunities in diverse sectors, such as:

  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Sports
  • Professional services and marketing firms,
  • Personal and professional consulting businesses
  • Finance and insurance companies
  • Healthcare providers
  • IT and technology
  • And many more!

Bachelor's and Master's Level Positions:

At the bachelor's and master's levels, individuals trained in leadership often find themselves well-suited for positions such as:

  • Project Director
  • Strategic Planner
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Organizational Trainer
  • Leadership Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Non-Profit Executive
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Financial Advisor
  • C-Suite Positions

Doctoral Level Positions:

For those who reach the doctoral level, a leadership degree can pave the way to prestigious positions, including:

  • Superintendent of a School District
  • Chief of Police
  • Leadership Consultant
  • Chief of Staff
  • Professor
  • C-Suite Positions
  • College President
  • Dean of Students
  • Foundation President
  • Education/Leadership Researcher
  • Human Resources Director

Leaderology Careers

Currently, true leaderologists are somewhat rare. However, their value is significant. Leaderologists possess a comprehensive understanding of leadership theories, practices, and strategies. With such an educational background, these individuals can pursue a wide range of jobs and careers. Here are examples of positions suited for leaderologists:

Executive Leadership Consultant: Provide expert guidance and consultation to senior executives and organizations on leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness.

Chief Strategy Officer: Lead the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, ensuring alignment with the organization's vision and goals.

Professor of Leadership Studies: Teach leadership courses at universities or colleges, conduct research in the field, and contribute to the academic understanding of leadership.

Chief Learning Officer: Design and execute learning and development strategies, including leadership training programs, to foster a culture of continuous learning and growth within an organization.

Organizational Change Consultant: Guide organizations through transformative change initiatives, assisting in change management strategies, and facilitating leadership development during periods of transition.

Chief Talent Officer: Develop and implement talent management strategies, including recruitment, succession planning, and leadership development programs, to attract, develop, and retain top talent.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): As the highest-ranking executive, lead the overall strategic direction and decision-making of an organization, driving growth, profitability, and ensuring effective leadership across all levels.

Nonprofit Executive Director: Oversee the operations and strategic direction of a nonprofit organization, responsible for leading and managing teams, fundraising efforts, and achieving the organization's mission.

Military Officer: Utilize leadership skills in commanding and leading military units, overseeing operations, and ensuring mission success.

Defense Analyst: Conduct research and analysis on military strategies, national security, and defense policies, providing insights and recommendations to government or private organizations.

Military Training and Development Specialist: Design and deliver leadership development and training programs for military personnel, focusing on enhancing leadership capabilities and operational effectiveness.

Athletic Director: Oversee sports programs and operations within educational institutions, managing coaches, coordinating events, and promoting sports engagement.

Sports Leadership Consultant: Provide expert guidance and consulting services to athletes, coaches, and sports organizations on leadership development, team dynamics, and performance enhancement.

Leadership Research Scientist: Conduct research studies on leadership theories, behaviors, and their impact on organizations, contributing to the field's knowledge and best practices.

Research Analyst: Conduct research, data analysis, and evaluation of leadership programs, policies, and practices, providing evidence-based recommendations for improvement.

Historical Researcher: Conduct research on historical leadership figures, events, and their impact, contributing to the understanding of leadership in historical contexts.

Organizational Behavior Consultant: Analyze organizational behavior dynamics, provide recommendations for enhancing workplace culture, team dynamics, and leadership effectiveness.

Behavioral Scientist: Apply behavioral theories and research to understand and influence individual and group behavior within organizations, contributing to talent management and leadership development.

Leadership Development Director: Design and oversee leadership development programs, including training, coaching, and mentoring initiatives to enhance leadership capabilities within an organization.

Political Consultant: Provide strategic advice and guidance to political candidates and parties, analyzing public opinion, conducting research, and developing campaign strategies.

Political Analyst: Analyze political trends, policies, and election results, providing insights and recommendations to political organizations, media outlets, or research institutions.

Political Advisor: Advise political leaders on policy matters, public opinion, and strategic decision-making, helping shape their political agendas.

Government Relations Specialist: Advocate for specific political interests or organizations, working closely with government officials, lobbying for policy changes, and building relationships with key stakeholders.

These are just a few of the many examples. However, this list helps demonstrate the breadth of possibilities that a dedicated leadership education can offer. Of course, it's important to note that career paths may vary depending on individual interests, experiences, and additional specializations obtained within the field of leadership.

Looking for a leadership career? Be sure to check out the NLA Job Board

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software