Automatic Detection of Leadership from Voice and Body

Whether leading an organization toward success or facing dire crises at national, political and organizational leadership shapes our society. For example, leadership might determine how a speaker connects with her/his audience or how a country successfully faces a great health issue (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic) and environmental crises (e.g., climate change). Leadership issues need to be tackled for our society to thrive. These challenges are however complex. We therefore need to determine and foster leadership skills, as well as determine the impact of leadership on our society.

 The purpose of this platform is twofold. First, we aim to develop tools based on new technologies (i.e., AI and virtual reality) for assessing and developing leadership. We will conduct research with respect to new technologies related to leadership, as well as showcase our developments and empirical results for the corporate world (e.g., writing white papers, organizing symposia and conferences). Second, we will initiate research on the impact of leadership on crisis management.

From leadership assessment to the impact of leadership on society, including leadership training tools, this platform adopts an interdisciplinary approach by including experts in leadership, behaviors, engineering, and economics. This platform aims at offering a better understanding of leadership and practical solutions to leaders.

UNIL

Marianne Schmid Mast
John Antonakis

IMD

Jennifer Jordan
Alyson Meister

EPFL

Daniel Gatica‐Perez
Philip Garner