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Lize Booysen - Associate

Lize Booysen is professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Antioch University (USA) teaching on the PhD program in Leadership and Change. She does research and consults in the fields of leadership, culture and diversity, and has published numerous articles and chapters nationally and internationally. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology, (University of Johannesburg), an MA in Research Psychology, and an MA in Criminology (University of Pretoria) – all three cum laude. She completed her Doctorate in Business Leadership at University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1999 on The influences of race and gender on leadership attributes of South African managers. Lize is registered as both a Clinical and a Research Psychologist and has extensive practical experience.

Lize is also adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, as researcher and executive coach. She is Chair elect for the Business Leadership Member Interest Group of the International Leadership Association (ILA). She has been involved in the 12-nation Leadership Across Differences (LAD) research project steered by the CCL, since 2003 and was a LAD visiting scholar at the CCL from 2004 to 2008. From 1994 to 2003 she participated in the GLOBE 65-nations research project on leadership, national culture and organizational practices, steered by Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lize has worked with Truida Prekel and Stella Nkomo for many years in consulting on gender, diversity and change issues, and is trained in the SynNovation process.  As a facilitator, she has an unusual ability to actively involve participants, and to make complex and sensitive issues accessible and even enjoyable.

Prior to her positions at Antioch University and the CCL, Lize was full professor at the School of Business Leadership (SBL), UNISA, where she lectured to MBA and DBA students since 1992. She also held several management positions at the SBL. She served on the SBL Board of directors from 1999 to 2006, and over time held the portfolios Director Human Resources Development, Academic Director and Research Manager at the SBL. She was editor of the South African Journal of Labour Relations from 2006 to 2008.


She has received numerous national and international awards for her work, including the Globe Research Award, 1997 for her contribution to social science study of International Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, Best paper award, at the 25th Organisational Behaviour Teaching Conference, 10-13 June, 1998. La Verne University, California. USA, SBL Researcher of the year 1999, and merit awards 2000 and 2007. She is included as one of 50 role models for South African women and as leadership expert in the book Inspirational Women @ Work, (2003).  Lize was the joint recipient, with Stella Nkomo, of the Best academic career achievement at Unisa awarded during the Unisa 150 year celebrations honouring its women, August 2004, and won theExcellent Teamwork Award: Global Leadership & Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Research project (GLOBE) for the publication Culture Leadership & Organizations: The GLOBE study of 62 Societies, which was awarded the 2005 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace. Lize has also has won the 2010 Best Professor In Organisational Behaviour Award to be conferred at the World HRD Congress & Innovation Summit 2011, Mumbai, in February, 2012.

Lize serves as external examiner at masters and doctoral level for most South African Business Schools, and Economic and Management Faculties. She is a member of review panels of numerous scholarly journals and panels, and currently serves on the editorial board of the SA Business Review, SA Journal of Labour Relations and Management Today.  Besides extensive consulting in South African public and private organisations, she regularly works with international organizations, such as IPFA (Institute for Public Financial Accountants), ESAAG (East Africa Association for Accountant Generals), the Swedish Institute for Development in Africa and Catalyst, a North American Gender and Leadership Research Institution.