Measuring the Mist Book

Measuring the Mist

A Practical Guide for Discovering What Really Works in Leader Development


The practice of leader development—in both higher education and industry—is fraught with grand impact claims and implicit assumptions of efficacy, but rarely does anyone evaluate these claims or test these assumptions. One of the main reasons for this lack of meaningful assessment is that too few people know how to measure the outcomes of their programs. With billions of dollars spent each year on leader development, something needs to change. This book is designed to equip readers with the tools to evaluate and create evaluation systems capable of testing the impact of leader development programs in higher education and beyond. It is possible to determine whether a program helps people grow as leaders, and this book will help readers learn to do just that.

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About the Author


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Ryan Brown, Ph.D, is the managing director for measurement at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, where he oversees all research and assessment initiatives to help the Institute determine what works and what doesn’t across its programs. Prior to working at the Doerr Institute, he was the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Psychology at The University of Oklahoma, where he was a co-founder of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing. In addition to publishing numerous scientific articles and book chapters, he is also the author of Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal Has Shaped the American Psyche (Oxford, 2016).