Olenda E. Johnson, Ph.D.

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Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
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Dr. Olenda E. Johnson is responsible for advancing leader and ethics development for the U.S. Navy. As a lead contributor in the Naval War College’s Leadership & Ethics (L&E) department, she advises Navy senior leaders, develops strategy, and facilitates team efforts. Currently, she leads the L&E team in developing a Flag Officer Development Continuum as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Olenda is a passionate teacher, whose Critical Thinking for Adaptive Leaders course is highly regarded. She also works with other military units (e.g., U.S. Army Special Forces Command) to support their leader development efforts, and serves as a requested speaker for external organizations.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership

Professional Highlights


Newport, RI

Serve as team lead for Flag Officer Development as tasked by the Chief of Naval Operations to the Naval War College.

Newport, RI

Promoted to Full Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Newport RI

Appointment, Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, U. S. Naval War College

Greensboro, NC

Associate Professor, School of Business & Economics, North Carolina A&T State University

Colorado Springs, CO

U.S. Air Force Academy, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Management, Department of Management

Greensboro, NC

North Carolina A&T State University, Associate Professor, School of Business & Economics

Carlisle, PA

U.S. Army War College, Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior, Department of Command Leadership and Management

Greensboro, NC

Received Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, NC

Appointment as Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business & Economics, North Carolina A&T State Univeristy


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, Organizational Behavior

MBA, Florida A&M University, School of Business & Industry, Finance concentration

B.S., Florida A&M University, School of Business & Industry, Management

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Awards and Decorations

Board of Governors’ Teacher of Excellence Award
University of North Carolina (UNC)

Teacher of the Year, School of Business & Economics
North Carolina A&T State University

Army Commander’s Medal for Public Service

Beta Gamma Sigma

Phi Kappa Phi

Other Honors

Group and Organizational Management Journal
Editor’s Choice Article Collections

External Memberships and Associations

International Leadership Association

Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society

News, Media, & Events


Naval War College holds CPO Pinning Ceremony

Sep. 17, 2018
News Publication

Inspiration in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

Sep. 18, 2018
U.S. Naval Institute Blog
Article Publication

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