Ph.D. Candidate

Kevin LeungIndustrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology

B.Sc.(Hons) (University of Western Ontario)

Supervisor: Dr. John Michela

Contact information

Background

I received my Bachelor of Science (Hons) in psychology from the University of Western Ontario. During my time there I cultivated my interest in I/O psychology as a research assistant in the TeamWork Lab and as an independent studies student under Dr. Natalie Allen. In my final year I completed my honors thesis on the psychology of political ideologies under the supervision of Dr. Clive Seligman.

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my research concerns leadership and employee motivation. My primary focus of study is on organizational vision as a component of transformational leadership. I am interested in how a leader's vision can motivate employees' efforts and why this occurs. Specifically, I study how making connection between the values espoused in a vision and the values endorsed by organizational members can enhance motivation, including the boundary conditions of this effect. More recently, I extended this line of research to examine the effects of person-vision identity congruence on the support of visions. Overall, my research aims to elucidate the cognitive, social, and affective processes involved in the persuasive effects of visions so that leaders can formulate and communicate their visions more effectively.

My personal interests in psychology (outside of I/O) include political psychology, morality, and human mate selection.

Publications

Work in progress:

  • Leung, K., Michela, J.L., Daniels, C., & Serec, J. (In progress). Value congruence in perception and support of organizational visions.

Selected conference presentations

  • *Xiong, T.X., *Chan, V.W.S., *Leung, K., Adair, W.L., & Brown, D.J. (2012, July). Cross-cultural examination of the impact of test instructions on assessment performance. Symposium presentation at the international congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    *Equal contribution
  • Leung, K. (2012, June). Modeling the operation of visions in support of organizational change. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
  • *Leung, K., *Chan, V.W.S., *Xiong, T.X., & Brown, D.J. (2012, June). Cross-cultural differences in emotional regulation knowledge: The differential effects of normative versus idiosyncratic cues. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.

    *Equal contribution
  • Leung, K., Liang, L.H., Lian, H., & Brown, D.J. (2012, May). The automaticity of retaliation against abusive supervisors. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
  • Leung, K., Michela, J.L., Daniels, C., & Serec, J.(2012, April). Value congruence in perception and support of organizational visions. Interactive poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Leung, K. (2011, October). The psychological bases of ideologies related to endorsement versus rejection of social inequality. Symposium presentation at the meeting of Emerging Realities: A Social Sciences Research Conference, Waterloo, ON.
  • Leung, K. & Seligman, C. (2011, June). Political ideology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  • Leung, K. , Lian, H., & Brown, D.J. (2011, May). Abusive supervision and supervisor-directed deviance: A dual-process perspective. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Applied experience

  • Project manager, Emotional Intelligence Development program
  • Facilitator, Emotional Intelligence Development program
  • Program developer, Effective Teamwork Training program
  • Consultant, Waterloo Organizational Research and Consulting Group

Recent research grants

  • Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grant, University of Waterloo
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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