The members of the Organizational Leadership faculty bring a combination of leadership, teaching ability, and scholarly experience to the classroom and dissertation process. You will learn from professors who have been leaders in business, industry, entrepreneurial companies, higher education, public schools, and nongovernmental organizations. Your experience here will take you far beyond basic leadership theory to implement innovative best practices in your own life and work.

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Mike Linville; MA, Ed.D. Asst Prof; Grad Studies Leadership michael.linville@indwes.edu Department - Organiz Ldrshp Doctorate Division - Graduate Studies Leadership


Dr. Linville brings over 30 years of leadership experience as a practioner to the GSL Faculty Team, split evenly between corporate work and international nonprofit involvement. Four of those years included living in Ukraine, where he taught and served as the director of one of the early post-Soviet Bible colleges while leading a multicultural staff team comprised of Russians, Ukrainians, Canadians and Americans. He also founded a nonprofit ministry devoted to training, leadership development and humanitarian aid in Russian-speaking countries. Dr. Linville is active in the International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR).

Educational Background:

  • 1983: B.A. – Marketing & Communications, The Ohio State University
  • 2006: M.A. – Ministry Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • 2009: M.A. – Advanced Leadership Studies, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • 2012: Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University


Dr. Linville’s research efforts reflect his international experience and are focused upon the distal and proximal complexities of global leadership, especially with regards to how personality influences the cross-cultural adaptability of expatriate leaders. He also has examined and presented on the cross-cultural transferability of Western leadership theory and praxis. Having coached corporate and nonprofit clients using both 360-degree feedback and emotional intelligence assessments, Dr. Linville has co-authored the development of an advanced emotional intelligence training program called “Leadership Connections that Followers Demand.”  

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