The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership reflects GSPIA’s commitment to producing professionals who adhere to the highest standards of ethics and public accountability. The Johnson Institute provides students, faculty and the community at large with opportunities to engage in disciplined reflections and rigorous inquiry on issues of ethics and accountability that are of particular interest to the public and nonprofit sectors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Johnson Institute is to enhance professional and institutional ethics and accountability in public leadership. We accomplish this mission through an integrated portfolio of programs including:

Teaching: The Johnson Institute provides classroom instruction and experiential learning opportunities for GSPIA students and for experienced public service executives. The Leadership Portfolio Program is a 15 month leadership development program for exceptionally promising and motivated students. 

 

Research: The Johnson Institute conducts basic and applied research on leadership and accountability in public service leading to publications in top journals. We also regularly publish case studies profiling the accomplishments of winners of our Exemplary Leader Award. The cases are available for classroom use here and at other institutions.
 

Outreach: The Johnson Institute promotes discussion and debate on timely public policy issues that involve leadership in the public sector. When possible also provide leadership consulting services, usually free of charge, to public and nonprofit organizations. The Nonprofit Clinic gives graduate students the opportunity to serve as management consultants to nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region.

 

These three aspects of the Johnson Institute mission work in concert to enhance the quality of public leadership in government, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations in Pittsburgh, the Nation, and abroad.

Upcoming Events
Featured Video
Leadership Portfolio Video
The Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program (LPP) provides a select group of exceptional students with classroom and community-based opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and credentials.  Students reflect on their experience in the program.
Recent News
April 14, 2015

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership recently held its annual Exemplary Leadership award ceremony at the O'Hara Student Center in Oakland. Each year, the Johnson Institute honors an individual whose leadership exemplifies the values of the Johnson Institute – effectiveness, integrity, and accountability – in some form of public service. This year's recipient is Sandra Taylor, president and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, a consulting business she launched in 2008. 

March 31, 2015

On February 18 Professor Kevin Kearns, Director of the Johnson Institute, provided an executive seminar on Leadership and Strategy to battalion chiefs and other leaders of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Kearns is among experts from leading institutions around the country who have been retained by Columbia University to serve as faculty for the Fire Officers Management Institute (FOMI). Kearns has served in this role for three years.

March 31, 2015

Throughout the coming month, students enrolled in GSPIA’s Nonprofit Clinic will deliver final presentations to client organizations. Through the Nonprofit Clinic, students work in teams of 2-3 to provide professional quality management consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Consulting projects address needs like strategic planning, marketing, program evaluation, industry / competitor analysis, internal management systems analysis, and other topics. Over the past five years, the Nonprofit Clinic has provided management consulting services to over 50 nonprofit organizations.

March 16, 2015

Sandra Taylor, president and CEO of Sustainable Business International, has been named this year’s winner of the Exemplary Leadership Award by the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. The Exemplary Leadership Award ceremony and lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 20 at the O'Hara Student Center. 

January 26, 2015

Coro Pittsburgh presented GSPIA Professor Kevin Kearns with the Distinguished Individual Leadership Award at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and Celebration, Friday, January 23 at the New Hazlett Theater. According to Coro’s announcement, “Kevin Kearns not only demonstrates values based leadership in his own work and service but successfully instills those values in those around him.”

Featured Research

The Johnson Institute’s Case Study Series features the outstanding accomplishments of the Institute’s Exemplary Leadership Award Winners. The 2014 Case Study, Mark Nordenberg and the University of Pittsburgh, exemplifies the characteristics of a true leader. Read more.

Featured Publications
Johnson Institute Releases 2013-14 Annual Report

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership annual report features the teaching, research, and ongoing public service efforts of the Institute.  This year’s annual report recognizes two local leaders that exemplify the mission and values of the Johnson Institute: Founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation Bill Strickland and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

 

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