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2012 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

Robert G. Lord, University of Akron

Dr. Lord has made important contributions using cognitive science, and more recently neurocognitive science, to understand leadership processes, self-regulation, emotions, and identity as they affect applied work and social processes. His groundbreaking work on “implicit leadership theories” has had an enormous impact on how leadership is perceived. It has given a perspective that has modified and provided depth to the conventional understanding of leadership, the meaning of subjective measures of leadership behavior, and the influence of leaders on the way they are viewed by subordinates. Building on his extensive research on control theory, the framework for self-regulation published in the 2010 Annual Review of Psychology was widely considered to be influential in shaping future research in that area. He has published three books and more than 120 chapters and articles in refereed journals, served on several editorial boards, and chaired the dissertations of 42 I-O psychology students. Dr. Lord “is one of the most important and influential leadership researchers in the past 35 years,” said one nominator.


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