McArthur-Blair, Joan



Job Title



Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting

EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

EdD, 2005


Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAL)


Victoria, BC, Canada


Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker and facilitator. She believes positive leadership matters in the world and all of her work is around enabling and fostering that generative possibility. Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry and appreciative resilience to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational and team development. She also provides short term leadership through executive-to-go services. Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian colleges and now co-leads a highly successful consultancy focused on ‘making magic – facilitating futures not yet imagined. She has a special interest in igniting pathways for women in leadership and is committed to the responsibility leadership provides for advancing equity and diversity. She has co-authored Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2012) and Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018); and 2nd edition of Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2020). As well, she has published many articles on appreciative inquiry and leadership; and embeds her poetry into her academic writing. She believes that words shape our world and are a powerful force for good.