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Tamas Kowalik

Tamas KowalikGraduate research assistant
Connectedness | Ideation | Input | Empathy | Activator
Campus office: 204 Leadership Studies Building


Having put adaptive leadership into practice and lecturing on the subject, I am excited to now be engaged in its research. I have carried out several international research projects, but focused in the area of political science. Building on this foundation, I am excited by my work with the Staley School and the Kansas Leadership Center, and look to expand my leadership and research methods. I am committed to adding value to the work of the School.

Research and grants 

  • Practice of adaptive leadership in strong authority contexts
  • Developing leadership capacities in high-tech industry

Grant awards

  • Kokkalis and HAESF Fellow, Ferenc A. Vali Scholar, Harvard University, 2007-2008
  • Eotvos State Scholarship, University of Essex and University of Liege, 2002
  • State Grant, Hungarian Scholarship Committee, Greek Ministry of Public Education and Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Research Fellow: Experience of the Greek EU Accession, 2001-2002

Professional Expertise

  • Adaptive leadership, developed Leadership for Change course offered at Hungary's National University of Public Service
  • Executive management and key public policy roles in Hungary's higher education and public administration reforms
  • International relations and education management
  • Teaching and international research experience


  • State Secretary Award - Role in Higher Education Reforms, Ministry of Education, Hungary, 2004


  • Ph.D. student in leadership communication, Kansas State University
  • M.P.A. in leadership, Harvard University
  • B.A. in political science, Eötvös Loránd University

More about me

I have lived, studied and worked on two continents, and speak three languages (Greek, Hungarian and English).