Professor of Management and Organization, Management
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Penn State Great Valley Main Building, 220 L3

    John J. Sosik (Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton) is professor of management and organization at The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies in Malvern, PA, where he has received awards for excellence in research, faculty innovation, teaching, and service. He is an internationally-recognized expert on leadership, teams, and mentoring, having published over 100 books, book chapters, articles, and conference proceedings which have been cited by scholars and practitioners. He has also given over 90 conference presentations, and provided training and consulting to a variety of corporate, military, educational, and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Sosik serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Group & Organization Management, and The Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management. His service in reviewing the scholarly work of colleagues in his field has been recognized by the Academy of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, and Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management.


    National Science Foundation research grant for studying e-leadership (with B. J. Avolio and S. S. Kahai).

    Center for Creative Leadership/Leadership Quarterly award for research on personality, charismatic leadership, and vision (with S. L. Dinger).

    Southern Management Association 2016 Best Conference Paper award for research on leader-member exchange, feedback-seeking behavior, and leader effectiveness (with J. U. Chun and D. Lee).


    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, Ziya Ete, Fil J. Arenas, and Joel A. Scherer. “Self-control puts character into action: Examining how leader character strengths and ethical leadership relate to leader outcomes.” Journal of Business Ethics (In press). doi:10.1007/s10551-018-3908-0

    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 Dongil Jung. Full Range Leadership Development: Pathways for People, Profit, and Planet (2nd edition). New York: Routledge, 2018.

    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.


    B.S., King's College

    MBA, Wilkes University

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