Lize Booysen


Lize Booysen, Senior Consultant


Dr. Lize Booysen is an internationally recognized scholar-practitioner in the field of leadership, culture and diversity. She is a Clinical and Research Psychologist and Leadership Consultant. With 37 years of experience in leadership and research. Lize has served thousands of leaders in corporate organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits, in her capacity as facilitator, consultant, trainer, teacher or coach. Prior to relocating to the USA end of 2008, Lize was full professor at the Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL), University of South Africa (SA) since 1992. She served on the SBL Board of directors as Director Human Resources Development, and Academic Director. She was also the Research Manager and Editor of the SA Journal of Labor Relations. Lize has been involved with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), since 2004, and worked on the 12 nation Leadership Across Differences (LAD) research project. She also participated in the multi-award-winning GLOBE 65-nations leadership research project, during 1994 – 2003 steered by Wharton Business School. Lize started her career in 1983as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), SA, she worked at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital as a Clinical Psychologist, and also served as a Captain in the SA Police Service’s Institute of Behavioral Sciences.


Lize is full professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and core faculty on the PhD program in Leadership and Change (Phd in L&C), at The Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University. Antioch’s PhD in L&C is focused on social, economic, and environmental justice. She is also adjunct faculty at the CCL, extraordinary professor at the Business School of University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a Leadership Consultant. Lize does research, consults and teaches in the fields of leadership, culture and diversity. She serves on review panels, editorial committees and advisory boards and as external examiner of doctoral degrees in Leadership. Lize is a past fellow of the International Leadership Association (ILA), and a past Chair Elect for the Business Leadership Member interest group of the ILA.


Lize uses a strength-based focus, and particularly enjoys working with organizational leaders optimizing their own potential and sphere of influence as they move into broader leadership roles. She focuses on the development of authentic and relational leadership practices utilizing a systems and contextual approach to the leadership process. Her coaching approach draws on her understanding of leadership and change theory and practice, cross-cultural and global leadership development, organizational culture, systems thinking, individual change and business practice.

RELEVANT Coaching Assignments

Lize has an ongoing coaching practice that serves a diverse group of senior and executive leaders across industries and different sectors in the USA, Europe and Africa. She has a special interest in working with leaders in Higher Education, Health Care and Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Financial Services, and the Arts. Lize is also particularly interested in working with marginalized groups in leadership and mainstreaming social justice and Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work in multicultural organizations in her coaching practice.

RELEVANT Facilitation & Teambuilding Assignments

Facilitation, much like team coaching, requires Lize to balance the development goals of the individuals with the development goals of the group. Providing both structure and clarity while also remaining flexible and adaptable is paramount. Lize has a professional yet warm style that helps individuals engage with the content.

  • Workshops and facilitation work in small and large groups for broad and targeted Leadership related topics
  • Small group facilitation for skill development for Senior leadership in Electric utility company, Senior Leadership in Health Care Institutions and several Higher Education Institutions.
  • Developed and led workshops focused on coaching and leadership skills for diverse groups of middle, senior and executive leadership.
  • Workshops developing professional, leadership and career development for Women, People of Color and LGBTQ+ individuals at Work. 

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Doctorate in Business Leadership (Univ of South Africa), 
  • Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology (Univ of Johannesburg) with distinction
  • Master’s in Research Psychology, (Univ of Pretoria) with distinction
  • Master’s in Criminology (Univ of Pretoria) all with distinction
  • BA with Distinction (Univ of Pretoria) with distinction
  • Licensed Psychologist in South Africa, double registration as Clinical and Research Psychologist (HPCSA).
  • Adjunct Executive Coach Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, since 2010
  • Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Workplace Big Five Profile™, Influence Style Indicator, Change Style Indicator, and FIRO-B; Certified in the Center for Creative Leadership’s suite of 360 assessments

Select Publications

  • Booysen, L.A.E (2020). Responsible Inclusive Leadership: A Whole System Collective Process Outcome. (Chapter 14, pp. 195 – 211). Edited by Bernardo Ferdman, Jeanine Prime & Ronald Riggio, Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies, New York: Routledge.
  • Booysen, L.A.E. & Priscilla Gill (2020.) Diversity Management and Inclusive Leadership Practices in Healthcare. (Chapter 14, pp. 135 – 144). Edited by Anthony J. Viera and Rob Kramer, Management and Leadership Skills for Medical Faculty, New York: Springer.
  • France, T., Booysen, L. & Baron, C. (2019) Cross-cultural professional experiences of females: finding success through agility, resilience and essential relationships. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 522-545.
  • Love, C.D., Booysen L.A.E., Essed P. (2018). An Exploration of the Intersection of Race, Gender and Generation in African American Women Doing Social Justice Work. Gender, Work & Organizations, Special Issue: The Theory and Practice of Intersectionality in Work and Organizations, 25(5), 475–494.
  • Booysen, L.A.E. (2018), Workplace identity construction: an intersectional-identity-cultural lens, in Ramon, J.A. (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, available at:
  • Booysen, Lize, A.E. (2016). Leadership Excellence Across Cultural Settings, (pp. 361 – 381). In Theo Veldsman & Andrew Johnson, Leadership – Perspectives from the Front Line. Johannesburg: Knowledge Resources. 
  • Booysen, Lize, A.E. (2015). Cross-Cultural Coaching. Chapter 10, pp. 241-288 In Riddle, D., Hoole, E.,  & Gullette, E. In Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Coaching in Organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-1-118-84148-8