Faculty & Research

Lynn A. Isabella

Lynn A. Isabella, Associate Professor of Business Administration

  • BS, Tufts University ; EdM, Harvard University; MBA, DBA, Boston University
Office: FOB 167
Phone: +1-434-924-4818
E-mail: IsabellaL@darden.virginia.edu

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Associate Professor Isabella teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and change and teams in the University of Virginia Darden School’s MBA, Global Executive MBA, MBA for Executives and Executive Education programs. She is the coauthor of three books (Alliance Competence, Leader and Teams: The Winning Partnership and The Portable MBA, 5th edition) and has published numerous articles in the areas of leadership and change, career management and strategic alliances and partnerships. She has also researched and authored many original case studies focused on U.S. and international companies and issues.

As a management consultant, she has extensive international experience with companies worldwide, helping them develop their global leadership talent and organizational effectiveness. She regularly works with companies in Central and Eastern Europe through IEDC, Bled School of Management in Slovenia and has extensive experience in Latin and South America, China, Africa and Western Europe.

As a certified executive coach, Professor Isabella helps managers and executives achieve their highest leadership potential in order to do the best work of their career and inspire others to do the same.

As a researcher, she focuses on questions of leading change as a middle manager, developing one’s collaborative leadership abilities, and understanding the mindsets that shape individual careers and propel organizational change. Before joining the Darden faculty in 1990, she was on the faculty of the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, and taught at the Harvard Business School.


Leading and Managing in a Global Environment
Developing Your Global Leadership Competencies and Personal Best
Unleashing the Potential for Teams and Team-Based Collaboration
Changing the Way Individuals and Companies Think About Change
Managing Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

MBA Courses

Leading Organizations, EMBA and GEMBA
Global Leadership Explorations, GEMBA
Leadership Residencies, EMBA

Managing Teams, Second Year MBA Elective
First Year Organizational Behavior
Establishing Yourself at Work
Conversations and Debates in Globalization
Career Management

Executive Education Courses

Open enrollment:
Leading Teams for Growth and Change

Custom programs:
Strategic Leadership, Temasek (Singapore)
UTC – Emerging Leadership Program

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Faculty Profile: Meet Lynn Isabella

Faculty leader of Darden Executive Education's Leading Teams for Growth and Change, Professor Lynn Isabella aims to make a difference where people spend most of their time — at work.