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Alan Everett Nelson




Alan E. Nelson teaches leadership, org change, human performance and motivation, communication for managers and OB as an adjunct professor at USC Marshall School of Business and as a Lecturer of Management at the Naval Postgraduate School. His primary research interest the last decade focuses on identifying and developing students gifted in organizational leadership, between ages 3-18. He’s the founder of KidLead Inc. (501.c.3) and LeadYoung Institute and has written a number of books and articles in the professional and popular arena, related to these topics.
  • EdD - University of California-San Diego 1994
    Major: Leadership
NPS Experience
  • 2010 - current: Lecturer
Other Experience
  • 2016 - 2017 Los Angeles Chair, Institute for Management Studies
  • 2009 - 2019 President, KidLead
  • 2009 - 2019 President, Lead/Young Training Systems
Teaching Interests
Leadership, Organization Change, Human Performance and Motivation, Managerial Communications


  • Distinguished Performance, Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Project
  • Pride @ Boeing

Scholarly Work

  • Book Chapters
  • Gibbons, D. E., Nelson, A. E., & Suchan, J. E, (2017). Integrating Men and Women within Naval Special Warfare Combat Teams.
  • Research Reports
  • Gibbons, D. E., & Nelson, A. E, (2015). In Their Voices: Integrating Men and Women within Naval Special Warfare Teams.
  • Oral Presentations
  • Gibbons, D. E.,Nelson, A. E.,& Suchan, J. E., Special Operations Forces around the World: A Social Scientific Agenda, "Integrating Men and Women within Naval Special Warfare Combat Teams," Kinneret Center for Society, Security and Peace, Israel. (June 1, 2015).