Vanessa Druskat

Organizational Behavior and Management
Phone: (603) 862-3348
Office: Management, Paul College Rm 360D, Durham, NH 03824
Vanessa Druskat

Vanessa is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior. She is an applied social psychologist who uses her deep knowledge of social systems to help answer real-world questions facing organizations like: How should self-managing teams lead themselves? How should a leader lead a self-managing team? How does team environment influence prosocial behavior in teams? She has twice received awards for papers deemed both rigorous and practical from the Center for Creative Leadership. Her Harvard Business Review (HBR) article (with S. Wolff) on emotionally intelligent teams was selected as an HBR Breakthrough Idea and has been re-printed four-times in collections of HBR’s most popular articles. She is an award-winning teacher who consults with leaders and teams in organizations ranging Fortune 50 corporations to non-profits around the world. She is currently working on a book that combines her theory on the socio-emotional conditions that strengthen team collaboration with cases from her coaching and consulting work.


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Boston University
  • M.A., Organizational Psychology, Columbia University
  • B.A., Psychology, Indiana University - Bloomington

Courses Taught

  • ADMN 575: Behavior in Organizations
  • ADMN 912: Managing Self & Leading Others
  • MGT 713: Leadership Assessmnt & Develp

Selected Publications

Druskat, V. U., Wolff, S., & Bharwaney, G. (2018). Emotion and team performance: Team coaching mindsets and practices for team intervention.. In K. Lowe, D. Clutterbuck, S. Hayes, D. McKie, J. Gannon, & I. Iordanou (Eds.), Handbook of Team Coaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Druskat, V. U. (2017). Using Emotional Intelligence to Build High Performing Teams: Self-awareness, self-control, social awareness and relationship management. In Building Blocks of Emotional Intelligence 12 Competency Primer Set.

Druskat, V. U., Mount, G., & Sala, F. (2013). Linking emotional intelligence and performance at work: Current research evidence with individuals and groups. Psychology Press.

Druskat, V., & Druskat, P. (2012). Applying emotional intelligence in project working. In Unknown Book (pp. 78-96). John Wiley & Sons.

Druskat, V. U., & Wolff, S. B. (2008). Group-level emotional intelligence. In Unknown Book (pp. 441-454). Edward Elgar Cheltenham, England.

Druskat, V. U., & Wheeler, J. V. (2003). MANAGING FROM THE BOUNDARY: THE EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF SELF-MANAGING WORK TEAMS.. Academy of Management Journal, 46(4), 435-457. doi:10.2307/30040637

Wolff, S. B., Pescosolido, A. T., & Druskat, V. U. (2002). Emotional intelligence as the basis of leadership emergence in self-managing teams. The Leadership Quarterly, 13(5), 505-522. doi:10.1016/s1048-9843(02)00141-8

Druskat, V. U., & Pescosolido, A. T. (2002). The Content of Effective Teamwork Mental Models in Self-Managing Teams: Ownership, Learning and Heedful Interrelating. Human Relations, 55(3), 283-314. doi:10.1177/0018726702553001

Smith, R. H., Turner, T. J., Garonzik, R., Leach, C. W., Urch-Druskat, V., & Weston, C. M. (1996). Envy and Schadenfreude. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22(2), 158-168. doi:10.1177/0146167296222005

Druskat, V. U. (1994). Gender and leadership style: Transformational and transactional leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. The Leadership Quarterly, 5(2), 99-119. doi:10.1016/1048-9843(94)90023-x

Most Cited Publications