Joanne Barnes


Joanne Barnes headshot

Ed.D.; M.S.



Leadership and Followership Studies



 Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Joanne Barnes, Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Department of Leadership Studies, has been involved in higher education since 1996. She was the first Affiliate Faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University's College of Adult and Professional Studies where she not only facilitated adult learning, but also developed new faculty training. Joanne retired from Delphi Electronics & Safety in 2008, in Kokomo, Indiana, after over 37 years of service, where she held various management and leadership positions. In her Global Quality Systems Manager position for the entire enterprise, she was responsible for implementing global change and driving common quality practices throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and leading global teams.

Additionally, as member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), Joanne has served as the 2009 chair elect for the Business Member Interest Group, the 2010 and 2011 chair for Business Member Interest Group and was the immediate past chair in 2012. She now serves as the ILA Member Group Ambassador working with the Board as a liaison between "groups" and the Board.

Her current research involves cultural intelligence, multicultural leadership, and the cross-transferability of Western-based theories and assessments to Eastern European and Asian cultures.

Dr. Barnes is a certified trainer/coach in the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, the Global Competency Inventory, and Cultural Intelligence. She also holds certifications from Aperian Global in the areas of GlobeSmart Profile Assessment, GlobeSmart Team Assessment, and GlobalSmart Leadership Assessment. She is currently working with universities and businesses in providing assessments and coaching to prepare students, faculty, administrators and business leadership practitioners for expatriate and global assignments as well as multicultural experiences. Dr. Barnes currently teaches global leadership and theory, organizational behavior and theory, and adult and organizational learning. Dr. Barnes earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.


Research interest:

  • Global and Women's Leadership

Selected Scholarship includes:

  • Women Leading Globally through the Lens of Cultural Intelligence (Book Chapter in Women in Global Leadership, Information Age Publishing) February 2015
  • Emerging Doctoral Pedagogies in Technologically-Mediated Leadership Programs - International Leadership Association 2014 Annual Global Conference - Co-authored with Dr. Stuart Allen, Dr. Karen Longman, and Dr. Laura Hyatt October 2014
  • Collective Leadership Capacity: Developing leadership AND leaders - International Leadership Association 2014 Annual Global Conference - Co-authored with Dr. Kathryn Gaines and Dr. Laura Santana October 2014
  • Administrative Leadership Styles, Cultural Intelligence (CQ), and Its Impact on Internationalization within US Universities Cross Transferability - Association of International Education Administrators 2014 Annual Conference February 2014
  • Leading with the mind: Being intelligent and effective in a multicultural world. (Accepted Presentation). Women and Leadership Inaugural Conference in Association with the International Leadership Association (ILA). Alsimor, CA June, 2013

    Through the looking glass: Do Western leadership assessments work in cross-cultural contexts? Co-presenter with Boyd Johnson, Svetlana Buko, and Natalia Kostenko (Presentation). International Leadership Association (ILA). Denver, CO October, 2012

    Intercultural assessments: Preparing leaders to narrow the cultural divide? Co-presenter with Allan Bird and Michael Linville. International Leadership Association (ILA). Denver, CO October, 2012

    Race and gender disparity in management: A comparison between the USA and South Africa. Co-presenter with Lize Booysen (Presentation). International Leadership Association (ILA) October, 2012

    Corporate Leadership Council Human Resources: The Global Leader. (Publication)
    Contributor April, 2012

    Catching the Rainbow: Developing Skills for Adjunct Faculty Working with Ethnically-Diverse Student Populations (Presentation). The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence - Multi-Sector Forum
    Colorado Springs, CO February, 2012

    Leading/Teaching Across Borders: What Educators, Universities and Administrators need to know in developing intercultural competence/effectiveness in a changing, diverse world (Presentation) International Leadership Association (ILA) - London, England October, 2011

    Cultural Intelligence: Preparing Today's Leaders for a Diverse Ever-changing World
    (Presentation) The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence - Multi-Sector Forum, Indianapolis IN March, 2011

    International Teams and Technology: The impact of technology on virtual/distal team cohesiveness and effectiveness
    (Presentation) International Leadership Association (ILA)
    Boston,MA October, 2010

    Coaching and Developing Leaders for the 21st Century
    (Presentation/Coaching Panel) International Leadership Association (ILA)
    Boston,MA October, 2010

    Successful Evaluation of Chinese Women Leaders in MNCs in China:
    Why Understanding Culture is an Important Variable in the Assessment Process
    (Presentation) ILA, Prague, Czech Republic November, 2009

    The Impact of Culture on Chinese, Chinese-American, and American Women
    Working in China (Publication)
    Building Leadership Bridges: Portraits of the Past, Visions for the Future January 2009

    Reflections on Organizational Leadership: An Integrated Model for Application,
    The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence - Multi-Sector Forum,
    Indianapolis, IN March 2009

    Impact of Culture on Chinese, Chinese-American & American Women
    (Presentation), ILA, Los Angeles, CA November, 2008

    The Importance of Mentoring - Taylor University, Upland, IN October, 2006

    Marketing Yourself for Success - Federals Women's Seminar, Indianapolis, IN August , 2006

    We're Not the Center of the Universe - Regent University August, 2003

  • Diversity in the Classroom - Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN August, 1999


  • Ed.D.
    2007, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • MSM
    1994, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • BS; BA
    1991, Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University
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