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Kathleen Boies, PhD

Concordia University Research Chair in Leadership Development
Professor, Management

Kathleen Boies, PhD
Office: S-MB 13.369  
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

Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Boies, K., Clausen, C., Fréchette, J., Manning, K., Gelsomini, C., Cyr, G., Lavigne, G., Gottlieb B., & Gottlieb, L. N. (in press). Nursing leaders’ perceptions of the impact of the Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership program three months post training. Accepted for publication at the International Journal of Nursing Studies—Advances

Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Boies, K., Clausen, C., Fréchette, J., Manning, K., Gelsomini, C., Cyr, G., Lavigne, G., Gottlieb B., & Gottlieb, L. N. (2024). Evaluation of the effectiveness of a Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership program aimed at building leadership capacity: A concurrent mixed-methods study. International Journal of Nursing Studies—Advances, 6, 100184. 

Baron, L., & Boies, K. (2023). Workplace coaching to develop leadership flexibility: The impact of after-event review. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 44(3), 317-329.

Zhu, L., Hecht, T. D., Lefter, A. M., & Boies, K. (2023). Personality and contextual predictors of career advancement procrastination: An application of the social cognitive model of career self-management. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 1–25.

Robinson, M. A., & Boies, K. (2021). On the quest for quality self-report data: HEXACO and indicators of careless responding. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 53(3), 377–380.

Ayoobzadeh, M., & Boies, K. (2020). From mentors to leaders: Leader development outcomes for mentors. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 35(6), 497-511.

Fiset, J., & Boies, K. (2019). Positively vivid visions: Making followers feel capable and happy. Human Relations, 72(10), 1651-1670.

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 systems thinking situating senior leader assessment and development to enhance organizational 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 emergence. 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 and creativity. Leadership Quarterly, 26(6), 1080-1094.

Ashton, M. C., Lee, K., & Boies, K. (2015). One- through six-component solutions from 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 Organizational Psychology: 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: An International Journal, 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. M., & 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., Finegan, 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.

Participation activities

Selected Conference Presentations

Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Boies, K., Clausen, C., Manning, K., Fréchette, J., & Gottlieb, L. (2023). Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare (SBNH) training program to improve Leadership capacity among nurses managers. Presented at the International Congress of Nursing, Montreal, QC, July 2023.

Ayoobzadeh, M., Boies, K., Coulombe, P. (2023, June). The Interaction Between Mentor Motivation and Protégé Proactiveness in Predicting High-Quality Mentoring. Presented at the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) Conference 2023, Dublin, Ireland.

Boies, K., Clausen, C., Fréchette, J., Manning, K., Lavigne, G., Cyr, G., Gottlieb, L., Lavoie-Tremblay, M. Évaluation de l’efficacité d’un programme de formation en leadership en soins infirmiers et en soins de santé fondés sur les forces (SBNH-L). Presented at the Association canadienne française pour l’avancement du savoir (ACFAS), Montreal, QC, May 2023.

Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Boies K., Clausen C., Fréchette J., Manning K., *Mastroberardino M. (2022). L’impact d’une formation en leadership auprès des gestionnaires infirmiers en contexte de pandémie. Presented at the 8e congrès mondial du Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers de l'espace francophone, Ottawa, Canada, October 2022. 

Mastroberardino, M., Boies, K., Fréchette, J., Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Clausen, C., Manning, K., & Gottlieb, L. (2022). Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership: An Approach for the Future of Healthcare. Presented at the International Leadership Association Healthcare Leadership Virtual Conference, May 2022.

Fréchette, J., Boies, K., Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Clausen, C., Manning, K., & Gottlieb, L. (2021). Validation of the Strength-based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SBNH-L) Scale. Paper presented at the International Council of Nurses Congress, virtual conference, November 2021.

Hecht, T. D., Eley, E., & Boies, K. (2021). Exploring the Intersection of Transitions to Managerial and Parenting Roles. Paper presented at the 2020 Work and Family Research Network (WFRN) Conference, March 2021. Virtual due to covid.

Rahimi, S., Boies, K., Mangen, C., & Dyer, L. (2021). Does Industry Gender Composition Influence CEO Compensation? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Science Association of Canada, virtual conference, June 2021.

Fréchette, J., Boies, K., Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Clausen, C., & Gottlieb, L. (2020). Development of the Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SBNH-L) Scale. Presented at the Canadian Health Workforce Virtual Conference, December 2020. 

Hecht, T. D., Eley, E., & Boies, K. (2020). Who Participates in Leader Development Activities? An Exploration of Career Motives, Parenthood, and the Perceived Costs and Benefits of Development. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2020 WFRN (Work and Family Research Network) Conference [cancelled due to COVID-19]

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

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, December 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. Poster presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montréal, June 2018. 

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