The Leadership Connection Project website was created for the purpose of recording the various leadership development activities that I have conducted with my students in the Career Education Center and in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) in Chiba, Japan. In addition, I have added information about (and links to) the ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Project Leader Profiles that I initiated in TESOL International Association as an ESP blogger. Currently, I am also working with Dr. Jo Mynard, director of the Self-Access Learning Center (SALC) at KUIS, to provide leadership development opportunities for students in the KUIS SALC.

Leadership Development Activities and Research Publications

My aim has been to give my students and colleagues the opportunity to explore “leadership” through leadership-related research and activities. I conceptualize leadership to be a “creative” activity that involves: 1) “communicating to create visions” and 2) “communicating to achieve visions.” Click on the links below to learn more about the activities and research publications.

  1. KUIS Career Education Center
  2. KUIS IC Dept. (IBC major)
  3. TESOL International Association
  5. KUIS International Affairs Division


Dr. Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an associate professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the TESOL ESP Interest Section (ESPIS), he has served as chair and English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and he is currently the ESPIS community manager. He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.