Professional summary

JOE RAELIN is an internationally-recognized scholar in the fields of work-based learning and leadership. He holds the Asa S. Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education at Northeastern University in Boston and is also Professor of Management in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of NY at Buffalo. His research and consulting have focused on human resource development, focusing in particular on executive education through the use of action learning.

A prolific writer, Joe has written for the leading management journals, among which are some seminal works cited liberally in his fields. Among his books are: The Clash of Cultures: Managers Managing Professionals, considered now to be

Engagement overview

My consulting follows an action research modality wherein I conduct diagnostic discussions with clients regarding their organizational problems and then recommend appropriate interventions, some of which I am called upon to deliver.  Hence, I operate primarily as an OD consultant and team facilitator.  My principal area of expertise is collective leadership or what I call: "leaderful practice."


Wide variety; key is commitment to unleash the creative potential of their workforce for purposes of full engagement and productivity.


The practice of developing others to a point where they can participate in the leadership of the entity is such a gift that your management has to realize its multiplicative effect in growing the enterprise. See anything that I have written on what I call "leaderful" practice, such as Read more


When done well, 360-degree feedback can be effective as a form of feedback because it is considered to produce less defensiveness on the part of the focal person because frequent suggestions from surrounding parties might be more accepted. However, the feedback has to be genuine and trustworthy.

On the other hand, such feedback can also undermine open communication within the company because its ... Read more


Offered here is a model of how an inclusive and engaging process of leadership can happen.

Stephen Billett, Professor Griffith U

Joe Raelin has long been the expert in understanding the theories and principles of the new leadership that incorporates concurrence, collectiveness, collaboration, and compassion. The Leaderful Fieldbook provides the insights and strategies that will allow each one of us to become a better leader.

Michael Marquardt, President World Institute for Action Learning

This book will be a wonderful reference for the experienced practitioner or executive and an invaluable guide for the newcomer to the field of leadership development. In this highly actionable set of tools and stories, Joe Raelin and his colleagues have captured a lifetime of insights about what really makes a difference in leadership.

T.J. Elliott, Chief Learning Officer Educational Testing Service

Bursting with useful suggestions. . . The Leaderful Fieldbook provides a clearly articulated, highly accessible and useful exposition in which there are numerous practical activities for the improvement of personal performance and organizational betterment.

Peter Gronn, Professor University of Cambridge, UK

Just as Creating Leaderful Organizations set out the tapestry of modern leadership, this Fieldbook provides the threads for weaving it into everyday practice. Here we have a wealth of practical interventions from up-to-the minute activities to classic inventories. Raelin creatively, almost playfully, juxtaposes the cognitive and the experiential, the serious and the fun, the graphic and the rational, the intuitive and the systematic. The overall feel of this book is energising and engaging. Any change agent, whether coach, facilitator, networker or consultant will find here a rich resource for leaderful practice.

Chris Mabey, Director of the Centre for Leadership University of Birmingham (CLUB), UK

The Leaderful Fieldbook provides real-life, pragmatic approaches to practicing personal and organizational change through assessments, case study, team tools, organizational design practices, consultative and communication models, skill/competency building and much more. This is a book that will be actively used by practitioners, consultants, executives, students, and managers from organizations of all sizes and geographies for many years to come

Louis Carter, Founder and CEO Best Practice Institute