Nicholas Lennon

Nicholas Lennon

Nicholas Lennon

Director of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) / Adjunct Professor

Nick received his BA in Psychology from Hamilton College and received his PhD in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin (UT). After his PhD he moved to Japan to teach English for a year as part of the JET Programme. Nick started working at George Mason University in June 2011 and is the Director of the Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Office. Nick’s work is focused on ethical leadership. He oversees the LEAD Office which helps students develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. LEAD's programs are tailored to students at different levels of leadership development and provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world. Nick is an affiliate faculty member with the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) and teaches INTS 404 "Ethics and Leadership". He also teaches "Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust", a 3-credit course where he takes a group of students to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Nick has traveled extensively in the US, Europe and Asia.

Selected Presentations, Certifications & Awards

Oct 2016: What Would You Do? Tough Decisions and Ethical Activism. Keynote Speaker for over 100 participants at the Leadership Mason Conference in Fairfax, Virginia.

July 2016: Leveraging the Power of the Holocaust to Build Adaptive Leadership Capacity and Moral Decision-Making in Leadership Learners. Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) Annual Conference in Sacramento, California.

May 2016: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things? Lessons from Ordinary People During the Holocaust. Invited as the 2016 Holocaust Ethical Leadership Symposium Keynote Speaker for 100 people at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Feb 2016: Behavioral Ethics: Lessons from Ordinary People During the Holocaust. Presentation at Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) International Conference in Reston, Virginia.

Sept 2014: EQ-i 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence) Certified Practitioner

Nov 2013: Ethical Decision Making. In W. Wagner, D. Ostick, & Associates. Exploring leadership, facilitation and activity guide: For college students who want to make a difference  (pp. 137-145). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Oct 2013: Ethical Leadership and Resilience: Are there Universal Leadership Values, Rights and Responsibilities? Presentation at International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference in Montréal, Canada.

Oct 2013: Academic and Student Affairs Partnerships for Institutional Transformation. Presentation at International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference in Montréal, Canada.

Oct 2012: Ethical Leadership Development: Crossing the Great Divide between Theory and Practice. Presentation at International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Feb 2012: Emerging Strengths: How George Mason University Students Benefit from Strengths Education and Development. Presentation Chair/Moderator at Gallup Strengths in Education Conference: The Impact of Strengths on Hope and Well-Being in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dec 2011: MBTI® (Myers-Briggs) Certified Practitioner

Oct 2011: Teaching Student Leaders and Leadership Studies Students. Presentation Chair/Moderator at International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference in London, UK.

May 2010: Group Study Exchange (GSE) Travel Grant Award. Rotary Foundation.
Selected as one of four people from the Washington DC and Central Maryland area to participate in a cultural and vocational exchange in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Focused on how leadership is taught and practiced in both cultures. Award covered all travel expenses to Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Nov 2008: Developing Your Leadership Course. Roundtable session at International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference in Los Angeles.

Nov 2007Ethical Living, Ethical Leading. Presentation at International Leadership Association (ILA) International Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Dec 2005Award Winning Exchange Program Proposal. Leadership and Ethics Exchange Program (LEEP). Proposed an exchange program between Japan and the U.S. focused on leadership, ethics and intercultural communication. Proposal was selected as a winner of the 2005 JETAA Essay Contest. Award included a trip to Japan to present the proposal to Japanese government officials.

Jan 2000Dissertation. Personal goal system complexity: Effective integration and its relationship to psychological well-being. Conducted an original study about the relationship between progressing towards one’s goals and one’s psychological well-being.

Courses Taught

INTS 404 – Ethics and Leadership

INTS 398, INTS 595 – Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust (Course in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic). Cross listed as HNRS 130, CONF 385, CONF 399