Bruce Avolio

Bruce J. Avolio

Professor of Management
Mark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership
Executive Director, Foster Center for Leadership

PhD, University of Akron, 1981
MA, University of Akron, 1978
BA, State University of New York, 1975

Leadership Assessment and Designing Micro Development Interventions

Positions Held
At the University of Washington since 2008

Distinguished Visiting Professor
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (2000-2003)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
Professor of Management (2001-2008)
Director, Gallup Leadership Institute (2003-2008)
Director of Doctoral Program in Leadership (2003-2008) 
Clifton Chair in Leadership (2001-2008) 
Senior Research Scientist

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Co-Director of Global Center for Leadership Studies (2000-2001)
Director of Global Center for Leadership Studies (1998-2000)
Co-Director Eisenhower Leadership Development Project (1993-1996)
Director of Doctoral Programs (1993-1994)
Co-Director of the Kellogg Leadership Program (1990-1994)
Director of Graduate Programs (1990-1993)
Associate Director of the Center for Cognitive and Psycholinguistics Sciences (1988-1992)

Current Research
Examining how to accelerate positive forms of leadership

Honors and Awards
Named a Fellow of the American Psychological Society (2009)
Named a Fellow of the Academy of Management (2009)
Fellow of the:
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Gerontological Society
SUNY-Binghamton Award for Distinguished Scholarly Research (2000)
Appointed to Chief of Defense Advisory Council, Singapore (2002)
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence (2001)
Corning Innovation and Research Award (1988, 1998)
Nominated Fellow, Five-year Kellogg Leadership Studies Project

Academic Service
Past Associate Editor, Human Resource Management Journal
Past Board Member for the Psychology and Aging Journal
Board Member for:
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Leadership Quarterly
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior
Editorial Reviewer for:
  • Experimental Aging Research
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Journal of Gerontology
  • Applied Psychology: An International Review
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Special Editor for International Journal of Public Administration
Consulting Editor: Iatrogenics Handbook, R. Morgan Canadian National Institute of Sciences
U.S. Department of Education
Editor, The Applied Gerontologist (1985 1986)

Selected Publications
"An Integrative Process Model of Leadership: Examining Loci, Mechanisms and Event Cycles," with M. Eberly, M. Hernandez and M. Johnson, American Psychologist, forthcoming.

"The Relationship between Authentic Leadership and Job Performance: The Mediating Role of Follower Emotions and Psychological Capital," with S.J. Peterson, F.O. Walumbwa and S.T. Hannah, Leadership Quarterly, forthcoming.

"The Impact of Psychological Capital on Employee Performance Over Time: A Latent Growth Modeling Approach," with S.J. Peterson, F. Luthans, F. Walumbwa and Z. Zhang, Personnel Psychology, forthcoming.

"Leadership Models, Methods and Applications: Progress and Remaining Blind Spots," with J.J. Sosik and Y. Berson, in W. Borman, D. Ilgen and R. Klimoski (eds.), The Complete Handbook of Psychology, Volume 12: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, forthcoming.

"Leader Self and Means Efficacy: A Multi-Component Approach," with S.T. Hannah, A. Chan and F. Walumbwa, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 118, 2012, pp. 143-161.

"Embedding Ethical Leadership Within and Across Organizational Levels," with J.M. Schaubroeck, S.T. Hannah, S.W.J. Kozlowski, R.G. Lord, L.K. Trevino, A.C. Peng and N. Dimotakas, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 55, No. 5, 2012, pp. 1053-1078.

"Building Moral Capacity: Toward  a Holistic Development Model," with S.T. Hannah and D.R. May, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 36, 2011, pp. 663-685.

"Toward a Meta-Theory of Leadership: Conceptualizing the Loci and Mechanisms of Leadership Within a Double Interact Process Model," with M. Eberly, M. Johnson and M. Hernandez, The Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 22, 2011, pp. 1165-1185.

"The Locus of Leadership," with S.T. Hannah, The Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 22, 2011, pp. 979-983.

"Leader Character, Ethos and Virtue: Individual and Collective Considerations," with S.T. Hannah, The Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 22, 2011, pp. 989-994.

"Mentoring Impact on Leader Efficacy Development: A Field Experiment," with P.O. Lester, S.T. Hannah, P.D. Harmes and G. Lester, Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, Vol. 10, 2011, pp. 402-429.

"Authentic Leadership and Effects on Follower Moral Courage, Psychological Capital, and Performance," with S.T. Hannah and F.O. Walumbwa, Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 21, Issue 4, 2011, pp. 555-557.

"Leadership and Management Research in Africa: A Synthesis and Suggestions for Future Research," with F.O. Walumbwa and S. Aryee, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 84, 2011, pp. 425-439.

"An Investigation of the Relationships between Leader and Follower Psychological Capital, Service Climate and Job Performance," with F.O. Walumbwa, S.J. Peterson and C.A. Hartnell, Personnel Psychology, Vol. 63, 2010, pp. 977-1003.

"The Genetic Basis of Entrepreneurship: Effects of Gender and Parents," with Z. Zhang, M. Zyphur, J. Narayanan, S. Chaturvedi, P. Lichtenstein and G. Larsson, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 110, 2009, pp. 93-107.

Selected Consulting Experience
Focusing on strategic leadership transformation and organization change

Contact Information

Office:487 Paccar Hall

Mailing Address

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

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