John J. Sosik Ph.D.

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John J. Sosik, Ph.D.

John J. Sosik Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Management & Organization, Penn State Great Valley

(610) 648-3254


  1. Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton


John J. Sosik is distinguished professor of management and organization, and professor-in-charge of the Master of Leadership Development program at The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, where he has received awards for excellence in research, faculty innovation, teaching, and service. Dr. Sosik teaches leadership, organizational behavior, and research methods courses. His research focuses on leadership and mentoring processes in face-to-face and virtual environments, groups/teams and organizations. He is an expert on transformational leadership, having published over 100 articles, books, book chapters and proceedings and delivered about 95 academic conference presentations since 1995, and has conducted training and organizational development programs for profit and non-profit organizations. His Google Scholar h-index is 55 as of February 2020. He is the recipient of the Center for Creative Leadership/Leadership Quarterly Award for his research on personality, charismatic leadership, and vision, and Sage Publication’s Best Macro Contribution Award for his work on the application of the Partial Least Squares data analytic technique to group and organization research. 

He serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership QuarterlyGroup & Organization Management, Journal of Character and Leadership Development, Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, and Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management. His work in reviewing the scholarly work of colleagues in his field has been recognized by both the Academy of Management and Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management. He is the lead author of the book, The Dream Weavers: Strategy-focused Leadership in Technology-Driven Organizations (2004, Information Age Publishing). His second book, Leading With Character: Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach (2006, Information Age Publishing), was named one of the 30 best business books of 2007 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries, and is now in its second edition (2015, Information Age Publishing). This third book, Full Range Leadership Development: Pathways for People, Profit and Planet (2018, Routledge/ Psychology Press), is now in its second edition. Dr. Sosik was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study e-leadership of virtual teams at Unisys Corporation. He is also a Certified Management Accountant.


Most Significant Publications

Avolio, Bruce. J., Jane M. Howell, and John J. Sosik. "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Bottom Line: Humor As A Moderator Of Leadership Style Effects." Academy of Management Journal 42, no. 2 (1999): 219-27. doi:10.2307/257094. 

Avolio, Bruce J., John J. Sosik, Surinder S. Kahai, and Bradford Baker. "E-leadership: Re-examining Transformations in Leadership Source and Transmission." The Leadership Quarterly 25, no. 1 (2014): 105-31. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2013.11.003.

Jung, Dong Il., and John J. Sosik. "Transformational Leadership in Work Groups: The Role of Empowerment, Cohesiveness, and Collective-Efficacy on Perceived Group Performance." Small Group Research 33, no. 3 (2002): 313-36. doi:10.1177/10496402033003002.

Sosik, John J. Leading with Character: Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach. 2nd ed. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2015.

Sosik, John J., Bruce J. Avolio, and Surinder S. Kahai. "Effects of Leadership Style and Anonymity on Group Potency and Effectiveness in a Group Decision Support System Environment." Journal of Applied Psychology 82, no. 1 (1997): 89-103. doi:10.1037/0021-9010.82.1.89.

Sosik, John J., Jae Uk Chun, and Weichun Zhu. "Hang on to Your Ego: The Moderating Role of Leader Narcissism on Relationships Between Leader Charisma and Follower Psychological Empowerment and Moral Identity." Journal of Business Ethics 120, no. 1 (2013): 65-80. doi:10.1007/s10551-013-1651-0. 

Sosik, John J., William A. Gentry, and Jae Uk Chun. "The Value of Virtue in the Upper Echelons: A Multisource Examination of Executive Character Strengths and Performance." The Leadership Quarterly 23, no. 3 (2012): 367-82. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.08.010.

Sosik, John J., and Veronica M. Godshalk. "Leadership Styles, Mentoring Functions Received, and Job-related Stress: A Conceptual Model and Preliminary Study." Journal of Organizational Behavior 21, no. 4 (2000): 365-90. doi:10.1002/(sici)1099-1379(200006);2-h. 

Sosik, John J., and Dong Il Jung. Full Range Leadership Development: Pathways for People, Profit, and Planet. New York: Routledge, 2010. 

Sosik, John J., and Lara E. Megerian. "Understanding Leader Emotional Intelligence and Performance: The Role of Self-Other Agreement on Transformational Leadership Perceptions." Group & Organization Management 24, no. 3 (1999): 367-90. doi:10.1177/1059601199243006.