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Dr. Julia L. Buchanan

Dr. Julia L. Buchanan
Assistant Professor
National University

Favorite quotes on leadership:

"Few people are likely to thank the leader for stirring anxiety and uncovering conflict.  But leaders who cultivate emotional fortitude soon learn what they can achieve when they maximize their follower's well-being instead of their comfort. " R. Heifetz

"Managers do things right, leaders do the right things."  W. Bennis

"No one yet has figured out how to manage people effectively into battle; they must be led."
J. Kotter


  • Faculty (7/04-present) Adjunct Faculty (1/04-7/04) National University, San Diego
  • President (AY 2002-2003) Graduate Student Association, University of San Diego
  • Project Manager (4/99-12/02) San Diego State University Foundation
  • Executive Director (2/94-3/99) Children's Center, Eugene
  • Program Director, (9/92-12/93) YMCA of Honolulu
  • Recreation Director (12/90-9/92) City/County of Honolulu

Board of Directors, San Diego Leadership Initiative, Director of Education and Consulting, 2002-present.


Ph.D. Leadership Studies
University of San Diego

MA Organizational Leadership,
University of San Diego

Recipient, Outstanding Student Award for Leadership Studies, 2003

Thesis, The Eugene Cadre: A Study of a Self-Sustaining Organization Development Group.

BS Recreation Administration,
California State University, Sacramento