Vanessa Druskat

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management
Paul College 360D

Open Enrollment Program:

Leadership Certificate Program

Authentic Leadership Program

Vanessa Druskat is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA courses in leadership and work team effectiveness. She is an award winning teacher and researcher. Her innovative research on building work team effectiveness has been recognized by academics and practitioners alike. Her article on building the emotional intelligence of work teams (with Steven B. Wolff) remained a top seller for the Harvard Business Review for over a decade.

Vanessa is a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, team effectiveness and emotional intelligence. She has conducted numerous leadership and team development seminars and workshops domestically and internationally for organizations ranging from Fortune 50 Companies to public schools. She has also been invited to present her research at dozens of universities in locations as varied as the Harvard Business School, the Stanford University Business School, ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, The PSG Institute of Management in Coimbatore, India, University College in London, England, and Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary. 

Professor Druskat joined the Paul College faculty in 2003 after spending eight years on the faculty of the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from Boston University, an M.A. in organizational psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, and her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in Durham, NH with her husband and two children.

Fields of Specialization

Work team effectiveness, team leader effectiveness, the influence of emotional competence on team effectiveness and on leader effectiveness, and effective leadership in public school systems.


Ph.D., Boston University, Social & Organizational Psychology
M.A., Columbia University, Organizational Psychology
B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, Psychology/Business

Recent Research

"Linking Emotional Intelligence and Performance at Work: Current Research Evidence with Windividuals and Groups" (With F. Sala and G. Mount), Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

"The Link Between Group Emotional Competence and Group Effectiveness" (with S.B. Wolff, E.S. Koman, and T.E. Messer), in Linking Emotional Intelligence and Performance at Work: Current Research Evidence with Individuals and Groups. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

"Applying Emotional Intelligence in Project Management" (with P.D. Druskat), in The Management of Projects: A Relational Approach, eds. S. Pryke and H. Smyth. London: Blackwell.

"Scholarship That Works," Academy of Management Journal.