2018 May AAL Newsletter

Empowering Bottom-Up Communications in a Top-Down Environment by Joseph Master A 2016 report conducted by Cornerstone OnDemand and Ellucian found that “69 percent of higher education institutions surveyed admitted to struggling to retain top...

2018 April AAL Newsletter

Three Lessons CEOs Can Learn from King Hammurabi by John Kador While the Code of Hammurabi may translate as authoritarian by today’s standards, Kador shows how the Babylonian king’s concern for welfare and consequences protected his people from selfish...

2018 March AAL Newsletter

Microsoft’s CEO on the Power of Being a Learn-It-All by Adam Grant and Heleo Editors Microsoft CEO and bestselling author Satya Nadella and Wharton professor Adam Grant discuss the importance of empathy in business. “The source of innovation is your ability to grasp...

2018 February AAL Newsletter

Three Daily Sheets Guide Morgan Stanley’s CEO by Erik Schatzker Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman talks to Erik Schatzker about his leadership lessons, one of which is to keep three sheets of paper every day: daily numbers, personal goals, and company strategy....

2018 January AAL Newsletter

Leadership Insights from NASA by Chris Maxwell Paul Sean Hill, former flight director and director of mission operations for human spaceflight at NASA, tells Chris Maxwell why, in times of crisis, it is important that leaders take stock of the situation and get...

2017 December AAL Newsletter

Always Question Strategy and Execution by Paul Leinwand and Matthias Bäumler Not enough leadership teams question whether they are clear about their company’s value proposition or can state what differentiates their organization, write Leinwand and Bäumler. If...

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The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is a health and higher education consulting firm. We work with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategic planning and professional development. We have helped over 150 institutions and thousands of leaders advance in their fields. Unlike other firms, our clients engage directly with accomplished and seasoned experts to achieve objectives with agility.


Celebrating Almost Two Decades in Business

Launched in 2005, AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and consultants providing services that help leaders in businesses, nonprofits, and academia pursue excellence, the application of knowledge, the discovery of ideas, and the quest of lifelong learning. The AAL team strives to build long-term relationships based on superior service, mutual trust, and intellectual inspiration. We focus on professional development, consulting services, and the application of assessment technologies and informatics to solve our clients' challenges. We hope to get to know you and assist with your personal, professional, and organizational growth.

N. Karl Haden, PhD

President of AAL


Advancing health and higher education.


AAL builds and strengthens your unique value through results-driven consulting and professional development.

Core Values

Scholarship through continuous learning, discovery, dissemination of knowledge, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovation through risk-taking and disruption of the status quo.

Integrity through doing the right things for the right reasons.

Excellence through superior quality, client satisfaction, and the assessment of outcomes.

Philanthropy through volunteerism and financial contribution.

Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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