Marilyn Taylor


Leadership Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Marilyn Taylor is a professor in the School of Leadership Studies. The purpose of her scholarship and teaching has always been to make a direct practical social difference. One current research and teaching theme is leadership.  A priority of her current work is examining constraints and possibilities to strengthen practice-driven social research. A second priority is leadership education that generates trusted leaders who can navigate the environment of unprecedented uncertainty. Taylor is currently co-creating an MA in Leadership specialization in Executive Leadership.

For more than a decade, Taylor has been exploring ways to combine social values surveys with the kind of social dialogue that minimizes polarization and social division, exemplified in the recent Canadian Values Conversation initiative.


Taylor joined Royal Roads in 2006 as a professor in the School of Leadership Studies. She is co-developer of the Executive Leadership specialization, MA in Leadership. She was the program head and developer of the Certificate in Values Based Leadership from 2011 to 2019, and director of the Institute for Values Based Leadership  from 2008 to 2012. Prior to Royal Roads, Taylor was a professor at Concordia University for 23 years. At Concordia, she served as chair of the Department of Applied Social Science and director of the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies; she was a key designer of the Master of Arts in Human Systems Intervention.

Taylor holds certifications and qualifications as follows:

  • Qualification as Trainer of Consultant Certification for Culture Transformation Tools
  • Certification in Cultural Transformation Tools – levels I & II, Practitioner, Barrett Values Centre
  • Qualification in the Strength Deployment Inventory, Personal Strengths Publishing
  • Graduate Certificate in Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Executive Coaching, Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, California
  • Qualification in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Psychometrics Canada


PhD in Educational Theory

University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Master of Science in Counselling

University of Wisconsin

Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology

University of Saskatchewan


Taylor, M.  (2017). Chapter 3: Cultivating practical wisdom through emergent learning. In Wendelin Küpers & Olen Gunnlaugson (eds.) Wisdom Learning: ‘Wising up’ management education. Farnham, UK: Gower Publishing

Stacey, M.,Taylor, M. and Legge, D. (2012) From resource managers to resource leaders, Strategy + Business, May. (

Taylor, M. (2011) Emergent learning for wisdom. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Taylor, M. (2006) Coaching for connection in complexity: Leaping the cultural chasm. International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, 1, 30-33.

Taylor, M. (2006) Coaching for connection in complexity: Leaping the cultural chasm. International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, 1, 30-33.

Taylor, M. (2004) Critical challenges of the learning red zone: Senior managers in empowering organizational change.  The Innovation Journal, 9(1), 1-17.

O'Sullivan, E. and Taylor, M. (Eds.) (2004) Learning toward an Ecological Consciousness: Selected Transformative Practices. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

De Guerre, D. and Taylor, M. (2004) Graduate leadership education in a socio-ecological perspective: Working at the paradigmatic interface.  In E. O’Sullivan and M. M. Taylor (Eds) Learning toward an ecological consciousness: Selected transformative practices. Palgrave Macmillan, 65-83.

Taylor, M. and Westeinde, J. (2004) The evolution of leadership coaching in the context of organizational change, International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, 2(1), 4-13.

Taylor, M., de Guerre, D., Gavin, J. and Kass, R. (2002) Graduate education for dynamic human systems, Management Learning, 33(3), 349-369.

Taylor, M. (2000)  A few things learned. In Women in Canadian Academic Tundra, Montreal: McGill/Queens University Press, 218-221.