What started with one man’s inspiring experience in South Africa has grown into a research project led by three of TCU’s most prominent leadership experts. Meet our team.
Management and Leadership Development
Dr. Larry Peters received his PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University, and is renowned for his expertise in leadership and leadership development. He has earned multiple awards for teaching and curriculum development, has published over 60 articles and chapters in leading journals, has co-authored two case books, and was lead editor of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Human Resource Management.
Dr. Peters’ book, The Simple Truths about Leadership (2nd edition) has been endorsed by several NY Times best-selling authors, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force and several major business organizations. As founder and president of LH Peters & Associates, LLC, Dr. Peters has provided consulting, speaking, coaching, training and applied research services to business, non-profit and government organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in Australia, Singapore and India. He has also consulted with Alcon Laboratories, Bell Helicopter, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Nestle, Inc., Sprint PCS, Whole Foods Market and XTO Energy.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Hettie Richardson holds a PhD in business from University of Georgia. Dr. Richardson has passionately cultivated her expertise in research, teaching and consulting that helps organizations take on the challenges facing society – making their work more meaningful, compassionate and rewarding.
She teaches leadership, international management, teamwork, conflict management, negotiation and more. With multiple awards for her scholarship in organizational survey and other research techniques, Dr. Richardson has published research in several leading journals, and serves on the editorial boards for several others. Her current research concerns employee empowerment initiatives, knowledge-sharing and collaboration, strategic human resource management and more.
Dr. Richardson has also provided managerial training and consulting to clients including Home Depot, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Life Office Management Association and Athens Regional Medical Center. Previously, she served as chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management, chair of Neeley’s Department of Management and Leadership, and as faculty at Louisiana State University.
Academic Program Director, Neeley Leadership Program
Management and Leadership Department
Dr. Greg Stephens received his PhD in management from the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching focus in the areas of leadership, communication and conflict resolution. From serving as a Texas court-qualified mediator to raising five children, Dr. Stephens has spent three decades mediating disputes and helping people communicate in difficult circumstances. While his current research focuses on unexpected acts of leadership, he has also explored leadership development, work/life balance, cross-cultural management and more, and has been published in prominent journals including the Journal of Labor Relations, the Journal of Management Studies, Educational and Psychological Measurement, the Journal of Management, Organizational Dynamics. Dr. Stephens is the founder of G.K. Stephens & Associates, through which he provides consultation, training and mediation services. Past clients include the Richemont Group, the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ben E. Keith Foods, Sabre Holdings and United Way. He has also conducted training and research in several Latin American countries. Dr. Stephens is actively involved in his community and serves on the board of directors of Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas.