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Kathleen Boies, PhD

Concordia University Research Chair in Leadership Development
Professor, Management

Kathleen Boies, PhD
Office: S-MB 11.215  
John Molson Building,
1450 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2902

Dr. Boies (PhD The University of Western Ontario) holds the Concordia University Research Chair in Leadership Development. Her research focuses on leadership in educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private industry. Through a variety of methodologies and research contexts, her research aims to understand how to identify and develop effective leadership practices. Her research has been published, among others, in the Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Journal of Personnel Psychology, in addition to book chapters and numerous academic conferences.

Dr. Boies’ leadership research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture. In 2006, Dr. Boies was the recipient of the Junior Researcher Award at the John Molson School of Business.

Courses she has taught (PhD, EMBA, MBA, MSc, BComm) include organizational behavior, human resource management, leadership & motivation, and organizational staffing.


PhD (University of Western Ontario)

Areas of expertise

  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Teams
  • Organizational Trust
  • Creativity/Innovation


Journal Articles

Boies, K., & Fiset, J. (in press). Positively vivid visions: Making followers feel capable and happy. Forthcoming at Human Relations.

Boies, K., & Fiset, J. (2019). I do as I think: Exploring the alignment of principal cognitions and behaviors and its effects on teacher outcomes. Educational Administration Quarterly, 55(2), 225-252.

Zhang, L., & Boies, K. (2018). Corporate university: A system thinking integrating senior leader assessment and development to enhance firm viability. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 11(4), 669-676.

Boies, K., & Fiset, J. (2018). Leadership and communication as antecedents of shared mental models. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 31(3), 293-316.

Fiset, J., & Boies, K. (2018). Seeing the unseen: Ostracism interventionary behavior and its impact on employees. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27(4), 403-417.

Robinson, M. A., & Boies, K. (2016). Different ways to get the job done: Comparing the effects of intellectual stimulation, contingent reward leadership and no leadership on task-related outcomes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46(6), 336-353.

Boies, K., Fiset, J., & Gill, H. (2015). Communication and trust are key: Unlocking the relationship between leadership and team performance. Leadership Quarterly, 26(6), 1080-1094.

Ashton, M. C., Lee, K., & Boies, K. (2015). One- through six-component solutions from self-ratings on familiar English personality-descriptive adjectives. Journal of Individual Differences,36(3), 183-189.

Esper, S. C., & Boies, K. (2013).Responsible leadership: A missing link. Industrial and OrganizationalPsychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 6(4), 351-354.

Addae, H. M., Johns, G. J., & Boies, K. (2013). The legitimacy of absenteeism from work: A nine nation exploratory study. Cross-Cultural Management, 20(3), 402-428.

Boies, K., Lvina, E., & Martens, M. L. (2010). Team leadership and performance in a business strategy simulation. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 9(4), 195-202.

Hecht, T. D., & Boies, K. (2009). Structure and correlates of spillover from nonwork to work: An examination of nonwork activities, well-being and work outcomes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology,14(4), 414-426.

Boies, K., & Howell, J. M. (2009). Leading military teams to think and feel: Exploring the relations between leadership, soldiers’ cognitive and affective processes, and team effectiveness. Military Psychology, 21(2), 216-232.

Collishaw, M. A., Dyer, L., & Boies, K. (2008). The authenticity of positive emotional displays: Client responses to leisure service employees. Journal of Leisure Research, 40(1), 23-46.

Nicol, A. A. M., Charbonneau, D., & Boies, K. (2007). Social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism in a Canadian military sample. Military Psychology, 19(4), 239-257.

Boies, K., & Howell, J. M. (2006). Leader-member exchange in teams: An examination of the interaction between agreement and mean LMX in explaining team-level outcomes. Leadership Quarterly, 17(3), 246-257.

Nicol, A. A. M., & Boies, K.(2006). Evidence of reliability and validity for the Universal Orientation scale. Psychological Reports, 99(3), 930-932.

Gill, H., Boies, K., Finegean, J. E., & McNally, J.(2005). Antecedents of trust: Establishing a boundary condition for the relation between propensity to trust and trust. Journal of Business and Psychology, 19(3), 287-302.

Ashton, M. C., Lee,K., Perugini, M., Szarota, P., De Vries, R. E., Di Blas, L., Boies, K., & De Raad, B. (2004). A six-factor structure of personality-descriptive adjectives: Solutions from psycholexical studies in seven languages. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(2), 356-366.

Boies, K., Yoo, T., Ebacher, A., Lee, K.,& Ashton, M. C. (2004). Psychometric properties of the French and Korean versions of the HEXACO Personality Inventory. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 64(6), 992-1006.

Howell, J. M.,& Boies, K. (2004). Champions of technological innovation: The influence of contextual knowledge,role orientation, idea generation, and idea promotion on champion emergence. Leadership Quarterly, 15, 123-143.

Boies, K., & Rothstein, M. G.(2002). Managers’ interest in international assignments: The role of work and career satisfaction. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 26(3), 233-253.

Boies, K., Lee, K., Ashton, M. C., Pascal, S., & Nicol, A. A. M. (2001). The structure of the French personality lexicon. European Journal of Personality, 15(4),277-295.

Book Chapters

Boies, K., Robinson, M. A., & Saffie Robertson, M. C. (2010). Leaders’ personal experience and response to failure: A theoretical framework and initial test. In B. Schyns and T. Hansbrough (Eds.), When leadership goes wrong: Destructive leadership, mistakes and ethical failures (p. 357-382), Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Howell, J. M., & Boies, K. (2005). Resolving some paradoxes of innovation: A cross-level interpretation. In F. Dansereau & F. J. Yammarino (Eds.), Research in multi-level issues (vol. 4, pp. 75-92). Oxford, UK: JAI Press.

Research activities

Invited Research Talks and Workshops

Associate Deans Research Conference, Canadian Federation of Business School Deans, “Managing Research-based Programs,” presentation and participant in a roundtable discussion, 2018

Institute Leader, Concordia University Summer Research Institute, “Foundations of Leadership” (half-day workshop), 2016

Panelist (Work-life balance), Women’s Faculty Summit, Concordia University, 2016

Invited presentation to Concordia University’s Department Chairs, “Being a Leader in an Academic Context Has Its Challenges!” [with L. Dyer], 2015

Public lecture at the Women’s Faculty Summit, Concordia University, “Women and Leadership in Academia: Research Highlights” [with L. Dyer], 2015

Invited guest on City TV Montreal (Breakfast Television), March 10, 2014

Invited guest on CTV Montreal News, Oct.18, 2013



Participation activities

Refereed Conference Presentations

Ayoobzadeh, M., & Boies, K. (2018). Mentor Autonomous Motivation and the Quality of Mentoring Relationship. Presented at the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.

Ayoobzadeh, M., & Boies, K. (2018). Leader Development Outcomes for Mentors. Presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Toronto, ON, May 2018.

Robinson, M., & Boies, K. (2018). A Lexical Study of Effective Followers in Two Languages. Presented at the Eastern Academy of Management, Providence, RI, May 2018. Received best paper award (Leadership track).

Robinson, M. A., & Boies, K. (2018). On the Quest for Quality Self-Report Data: Examining the Relationship between the HEXACO Model of Personality and Both Objective and Self-Report Indicators of Careless Responding. Presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montréal, June 2018.

Ayoobzadeh, M., & Boies, K. (2017). The Impact of Mentor Motivation on the Quality of Mentoring Relationship: A Field Study. Presented at the 10th Biennial International Conference of the Dutch HRM Network, November 2017, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Boies, K., Martin, F., Ayoobzadeh, M.,Peng, Y., & Briand, M. (2017). Using an instructional design framework to assess the leadership needs of PhD students. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Montreal, QC, May 2017.

Fiset, J., & Boies, K. (2017). Positively vivid visions: The roles of vision emotional expressivity and follower well-being on group success. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Montreal, QC, May 2017.

Grogan, A., & Boies, K. (2017). The influence of CEO personality on engagement in corporate social responsibility:The mediating influence of servant leadership. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Montreal, QC, May 2017.

Boies, K., & Fiset, J. (2015). Leadership and Communication as Antecedents of Shared Mental Models. Poster presented at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Boies, K., Fiset, J., & Gill, H. K. (2014). Exploring the Role of Communication in the Relationship between Leadership, Team Trust and Performance: An Experimental Investigation. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Muskoka, ON.

Robinson, M. A., & Boies, K. (2014). A Laboratory Study of the Effects of Transgression Severity, Leader-Member Exchange and Apologies on Follower Forgiveness. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Muskoka, ON.

Boies, K. (Chair, 2013). Collaborative Processes in Leadership: Developing Partnerships, Teamwork, and Communities of Learning. Panel discussion presented at the International Leadership Association Conference, Montreal, QC. Co-panelists: Baron, L., Chiocchio, F., & Clausen, C.


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