Impact of Leadership Styles on Decision Making

Jim Wilkerson

This is an interactive session demonstrating the impact of leadership styles on the outcomes of decisions.  The session participants will participate in exercises that demonstrate that both the method chosen to make a decision and the leadership style of the leader will impact the outcome of a decisions made by a team.   The participants will be able to identify leadership styles, discuss the impact of their leadership style, and describe the advantages of situational leadership.


Jim Wilkerson

James E. Wilkerson, recently retired as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), and is currently serving as an Independent Contractor for the CIA as a Program Manager for Native American Outreach. In 2014, Mr. Wilkerson received the Agency’s Donald B. Cryer Award for Diversity and Inclusion, which is the Agency’s highest award for diversity efforts. Mr. Wilkerson was also a recipient of the Intelligence Community Diversity Award in 2002 and twice received the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Diversity Award. Mr. Wilkerson began his federal service with a temporary assignment at the Centers for Disease Control. He worked as a research Chemist for the Dow Chemical Company and then joined the Agency in 1985 as a Chemist. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility across the DS&T, including the Office of Technical Service, Office of Development & Engineering at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Office of Technical  Collection, Office of Global Access, the George Methlie School, and the Office of TIO Development. These positions encompassed a wide range of responsibilities ranging from program manager, to group manager, to recruiting and hiring advisor, to intelligence educator. Mr. Wilkerson served as an Instructor in CIA University and led the Directorate’s Academic Outreach Program during his last years at the CIA. Mr. Wilkerson received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and received a Master of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Texas A&M University. He received a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University (GWU).