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Leonard A. Hadley Chair in Leadership




  • Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

    Tippie College of Business


  • PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Mgt, Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, 2004
  • MA in Decision Sciences, St. Louis University, 1999
  • BS in Accounting, Culver-Stockton College, 1995

Areas of Interest

  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Person-Environment Fit
  • Personality
  • Workplace Relationships

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, 2018
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2018
  • Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, Purdue University Center for Families, 2017 - 2017

Selected Publications

  • Courtright, S., Gardner, R., McCormick, B., Smith, T. & Colbert, A. (2016). My family made me do it: A cross-domain, self-regulatory perspective on antecedents to abusive supervision. Academy of Management Journal 59 (5) 1630-1652.
  • Colbert, A., Bono, J. E. & Purvanova, R. (2016). Flourishing via workplace relationships: Moving beyond instrumental support. Academy of Management Journal 59 (4) 1199-1223.
  • Choi, D., Oh, I. & Colbert, A. (2015). Understanding organizational commitment: A meta-analytic examination of the roles of the five-factor model of personality and culture. Journal of Applied Psychology 100 (5) 1542-1567.
  • Courtright, S. H., Colbert, A. & Choi, D. (2014). Fired up or burned out? How developmental challenge differentially impacts leader behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology 99 681-696.
  • Colbert, A., Barrick, M. R. & Bradley, B. H. (2014). Personality and Leadership Composition in Top Management Teams: Implications for Organizational Performance. Personnel Psychology 67 351-387.
  • Colbert, A., Judge, T. A., Choi, D. & Wang, G. (2012). Assessing the Trait Theory of Leadership Using Self and Observer Ratings of Personality: The Mediating Role of Contributions to Group Success. The Leadership Quarterly 23 670-685.
  • Bloom, M. & Colbert, A. (2011). An Integration and Extension of Intrinsic Motivation Theories: The Role of Core Affect. Research in Personnel and Human Research Management.
  • Wang, G., Oh, I., Courtright, S. & Colbert, A. (2011). Transformational Leadership and Performance across Criteria and Levels: A Meta-analytic Review of 25 Years of Research. Group and Organization Management 36 223-270.
  • Colbert, A. & Witt, L. A. (2009). The role of goal-focused leadership in enabling the expression of conscientiousness. Journal of Applied Psychology 94 (3) 790-796.
  • Colbert, A., Bono, J. E. & Purvanova, R. K. (2008). Generative leadership in business organizations: Enhancing employee cooperation and well-being through high-quality relationships. pp. 199-217. In B. A. Sullivan, M. Snyder, & J. L. Sullivan (Eds.), Cooperation: The political psychology of effective human interaction. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Selected Presentations

  • Goering, D. D., Cockburn, B., Colbert, A. & Crawford, E. R. (2016, August) The Value of Vulnerability: A Social Learning Perspective on Leader Humility. Oral presented at Paper presented in a symposium at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California.
  • Colbert, A., Follmer, E., Bloom, M. & Hosmanek, A. J. (2013, August) Identity Demands of Professionals: Implications for Authenticity, Engagement, and Life Satisfaction. Paper presented at Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  • Colbert, A., Follmer, E. H., Bloom, M. & Hosmanek, A. (2013, August) Identity demands of professionals: Implications for authenticity, engagement, and life satisfaction. Oral presented at Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida.
  • Courtright, S., Colbert, A., Thurgood, G. & McCormick, B. (2013, August) When empowering leadership is perceived as passive-avoidant leadership: The role of extraversion. Oral presented at Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida.
  • Colbert, A. & Bloom, M. (2012, August) Giving and receiving compassion: The complicating role of identity. Oral presented at Academy of Management, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • McCormick, B., Colbert, A., Stewart, G. L. & Guay, R. (2012, August) Proactive personality and proactive performance: Perspective on person-situation interactions. Oral presented at Academy of Management, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Bloom, M. & Colbert, A. (2011, August) Discerning and enacting a calling: Learning from the life narratives of pastors. Oral presented at Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Colbert, A., Barrick, M. R. & Bradley, B. H. (2011, August) Personality and leadership composition in top management teams: Predicting organizational performance. Oral presented at Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas.